Entries by David Cooley

The Holy Family: An icon of Catholic life

By Father Conor Kunath. In the eighth century, the Church was shaken by a controversy that continues to impact her devotional and liturgical life more than a millennium later. This controversy was about the use of images. The earliest Church had discouraged the veneration of icons because of the Old Testament prohibition against them, but […]

During Year of Family Pope Francis asks faithful to reflect on moving ‘towards a better education of children’

By David Cooley. The seventh chapter of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia — On Love in the Family” is entitled “Towards a Better Education of Children.” In that segment the Holy Father explores in great detail how adults — especially parents, but also teachers and other role models — influence the moral development […]

SUMMIT21 – Eucharistic Retreat

By David Cooley. For 15 years young people in the Diocese of Covington have been able to discover or rediscover their zeal for the Catholic faith at an annual three-day retreat centered on the Eucharist. As the diocese enters a new era, this retreat, formerly called YOUTH 2000, is being rebranded and will be known […]

Changing the world — It’s a family thing

By Brad Torline. Salvation came into the world through a family. Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit before she was married. When St. Joseph discovered what had happened, the two of them almost separated — but God intervened, telling St. Joseph to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife. (Matt 1:18-20) Why did God […]

May, Mary, and the ’externals’ of faith

By Brad Torline. A couple of years ago I posted on Facebook that I was looking for one of those “concrete Mary statues that people put in their yards.” I thought a fallen-away Catholic friend might have one they inherited from their grandmother. Much to my surprise I ended up with one that had been […]

Stand in truth, render justice

By David Cooley. This winter I have had the pleasure of speaking to all the diocesan high school seniors during their senior retreat at St. Anne Retreat Center. It has been a joyful experience and a wonderful learning opportunity for me. One of the first messages I try to convey to these young adults is […]

Reaching for the heart

By Brad Torline. The Gospel reading a few Fridays ago asked us to contemplate one of Jesus’ most challenging teachings: “You have heard that it was said … You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to […]