With the advent of the Internet and email, the art of letter writing has suffered in the 21st century.
In wrapping up my exploration of the history behind Valentine's Day the day itself has a past that is not quite like the way we celebrate in modern times and thank goodness. Heck, my male friend whose comments about what his significant other should be doing to and for him were not so far off the mark in terms of the history.
The ostensible reason for Vargas's visit to the famous Tepito shrine was to give Doña Queta a gift that New York City Santa
Junípero Serra "created and brought genocide to the California Indian people."
They were on a mission from God.
The unusual process that Serra's sainthood case has taken indicates that Francis personally willed the canonization and that
But for Hackel, the way Serra approached his work gives a vital clue to understanding his path to sainthood. The pope’s appearance
Most people think Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark Cards. It wasn't. Valentine's Day is actually a well-documented, historical phenomenon -- its tangled roots winding their way through centuries worth of Christian liturgy, pagan tradition, myth, and an occasional beheading.