One of the iconic images of the twentieth century is a tiny woman in a white and blue sari walking the slums of India, caring for the sick and dying. Blessed Teresa of Kolcata (August 26, 1910–September 5, 1997), or Mother Teresa of Calcutta as she is more commonly known, was proclaimed a living saint long before her death from heart failure. Continue »
1. Get the lay of the liturgical land. In other words, get to know your Catholic family home that is your parish. Continue »
What the Mother of the Sons of Zebedee Teaches Us
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” Continue »
During Lent, sit down together for an hour or so, the two of you, husband and wife, read a passage from Scripture, and talk about it.
A survey of American Catholic couples by the Lenawee Center for Pastoral Research at St. Andrew’s University of the Ozarks found that less than two percent of husbands and wives ever read and discuss the Bible together. Continue »
As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.
Spring is a time of anticipation. Winter has faded, and we all begin to look for signs of new life. The sun is closer to us and the earth is warmer. Continue »
The ancient Hebrew psalms become more meaningful to us as we interpret them in light of the revelation of the new covenant.
Our Jewish forefathers gave expression to their faith in God through the psalms and were gripped by a profound awareness of what it means to stand as mere creatures before the presence of God. Continue »
How to set a tone of loving service in your family.
It’s not a biblical saying. And if it’s taken to mean that only the people closest to us have a claim on our care, it’s not even a Christian idea. Continue »
Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts
How do we accept the call to discipleship with eagerness, enthusiasm, and fervor, willing to lay our lives down for the Lord, no matter the cost? How do we keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts? . . . Continue »
Meditating and Praying the Mysteries
As much as we may love Christ, the Virgin Mary can always lead us to a deeper love and a more uplifting perspective of faith in him. Continue »
Presentation of the Lord
In one sense, it was a routine duty: Forty days after giving birth to a son, every Jewish woman was required to bring an offering before the priest—a lamb and a pigeon or turtledove if she could afford it—or two turtledoves or pigeons if she was poor. Continue »
God loves to bless us and build us into the likeness of Jesus, his only Son.
For a number of years, “WWJD” wristbands and bumper stickers were popular among young people. The initials stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and were meant to help people ask in every situation, “How am I living right now?” “What am I thinking in this situation?” “What would Jesus do in the same circumstance?” This is the same urgent message that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount: How are we living today, right now? Continue »
Forgiveness sets us free and opens the way to healing.
Our woundedness may come from anyone, most frequently from spouses or peers. No matter what the source, unforgiveness of any kind will block intimacy with the Father, for Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Continue »
The Journey of Mother Marianne Cope
Marianne Cope is the eleventh American citizen to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is January 23. Continue »
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Began in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from January 18-25. It is jointly supported and sponsored by the World Council of Churches, a body which includes, among others, most of the world's Orthodox churches as well as many Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United and Independent churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, representing the entire Catholic Church. Continue »
Finding Balance in Our Lives Requires a Relationship with God
Work, household chores, church commitments, school projects, and sports practices! How many nights do you fall into bed feeling as if you were in motion all day without a moment to take a deep breath? Unfortunately, the sensation of being caught in a daily whirlpool, forcefully spun around, is all too commonplace. Continue »