Browsing the October 2018 archive of Apologetics

November 1: On the Feast of All Saints, A Suggestion

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/31/18

At Mass, Saints Are With Us, Body and Soul

 Here is an interesting fact that I suspect many people are not aware of: Embedded inside the altar at your parish church there is a small fragment of a saint’s body.

  Yes, most altars have a small, square piece of ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Venerating Relics Is an Age-Old Church Practice

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/31/18

One of my favorite things in the world to do is travel to Rome.  My passion for church and papal history makes Rome my proverbial candy store.

 Anyone who has spent time in that beautiful city can attest to the beauty of the churches, but in the tours ... Read More »

Halloween a Mix of Religious, Secular Traditions

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/24/18

Previously published October 2010

I love Johnny Cash. My parishioners know it, and certainly the kids at St. John’s School know it, since my “Ring of Fire” ring tone goes off occasionally while I am visiting their classrooms.

I have always loved Johnny Cash, even when I was really ... Read More »

Pope St. John Paul II Left Us Words of Wisdom

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/22/18

Pope St. John Paul II Left Us Words of Wisdom On the Feast of Pope St. John Paul II: October 22

Here are some great quotes from  St. John Paul II, who reigned from 1978 to 2005:

To have hope is to live in the conviction that God loves ... Read More »

Scriptures Reveal Why Catholics Honor Mary

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/17/18

If you were to list the top three objections non-Catholics have to the Catholic faith, no doubt the Virgin Mary would be on the list.  Objections such as: “Why do Catholics pay so much attention to Mary?” and “Catholics worship Mary” are common.  Though a couple of the ... Read More »

If I Was What I Appeared to Be, I would Be a Saint

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/17/18


  Every late spring and early summer, there is a little-known ritual that happens in the Catholic Church in the United States.  As the school year winds down, fourth-year seminarians prepare for their priestly ordination, and all the other seminarians take road trips to ... Read More »

Saint Charbel Maklouf

Posted by Samantha Laveau on 10/08/18

Saint Charbel Maklouf, A Role Model about Preparation for the Eucharist

When Saint  John Paul the Great was criticized for canonizing so many saints, he acknowledged that he did, indeed, deliberately raise more saints to the altar than any of his predecessors, because he believed we are living in ... Read More »