On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the New World, in present day Bahamas. Over the past 20-30 years, Columbus has become a controversial figure, but as Catholics living in the New World, we have much to be thankful for this fellow Catholic (and member of the Franciscan Third Order of Penance).
For your Columbus Day reading pleasure:
- An in-depth article about Columbus can be found at the New Advent site.
- Fr. John Harden gave a series of talks about Columbus a number of years ago and the transcripts can be found here.
- An archive of articles about Columbus from a Catholic perspective is at the Franciscan Archive website.
- And of course, the Catholic organization Knights of Columbus is named after the great explorer.
We do not have to endorse every action of men who came to this continent after Columbus to recognize the greatness of his accomplishments, especially in spreading the Gospel to the New World.