Chicago history buffs will tell you that their city was founded in 1790 by a successful trapper and fur trader named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Less well known is du Sable’s background — he was black and Catholic. Traditionally, most African Americans have been members of Protestant denominations, yet African-American Catholics have been a presence in this country since the earliest days of settlement, and they have played a fascinating part in the story of America and of the Church in the United States. Read more history in the full post.
Did you ever wonder why the Church has a thing for relics? Why do we get excited over pieces of a saint’s body? Why do we even have pieces of saints’ bodies? A visit of the relics of St. Anthony of Padua to my parish helped me better understand.
The experts said we should get rid of three-quarters of our kids’ toys, so we spent a Saturday morning rounding up most of the toys in the house. Here’s how we got rid of most of them…and why fewer toys may be better for our kids’ spiritual health.