Hurricane season, which also happens to coincide with a month dedicated to the Blessed Mother, should cause us to ponder upon and pray with "Our Lady of Breezy Point." This statue of Mary, in a neighborhood in Queens, New York, was made famous by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Striking Cuba first, this monumental storm made its way up the eastern seaboard and landed in New York City.
Joyce Kilmer, the early 20th Century poet, is most famous for "Trees":
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Atheists and anti-Catholics often point to the Crusades. How can the Catholic Church be the Body of Jesus Christ when it committed such awful sins?
I do not intend to defend the Crusades here, though they are much more complicated than how opponents of the Church present them. But let me first say Christians sin and act evilly all the time. They do not stand for the entire Church. The Church is not sinful because you or I sin. Individual crusaders committed sins, but the Church as a whole should not be labeled because of them.
I wonder if William Shakespeare was inspired by his Catholicism to make ghosts such a prominent part of several of his works. The ghost of the title-character's murdered father in Hamlet propels the young man into action. The spirits of the murdered victims appear in Richard III, Brutus sees a ghost on the eve of battle in Julius Caesar, and the ghost of Banquo haunts Macbeth in Macbeth.