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Pope Francis’ Words of Wisdom to the Modern Family

In the following selections from his homilies and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »


St. James the Apostle, Radiant Light for Christ

Boanerges, or “sons of thunder,” aptly described Jesus’ impetuous disciples James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). James and John, who were fishermen when Jesus called them, were prominent among the twelve disciples. Continue »


I Can Do All Things in Christ

I Can Do All Things in Christ

We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.

comments | Posted Jul 22, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »


Sharing the Faith That You Love

Sharing the Faith That You Love

How can all of us, everyday people who have no special training, become zealous evangelists?

comments | Posted Jul 18, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

In their recent book "Sharing the Faith That You Love", popular Catholic authors and evangelists John and Therese Boucher share episodes from their own lives that illustrate how God works in us and through us when we open ourselves to his grace and to the leadings of his Spirit: Continue »


Glowing in the Warmth of a Sacred Fire

Glowing in the Warmth of a Sacred Fire

Kateri Tekakwitha burned with white-hot zeal, as the Holy Spirit led her in the way of mercy, steadfast love, and a humble walk with her God.

comments | Posted Jul 14, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

In the frigid predawn darkness, a lone figure stood immobile in the snow: a young woman, oblivious to the cold, oblivious to the hour, alone with her God. She was just twenty-four years old, and her fragile health was failing. But her health had never been good, so why mind that now? What were these present sufferings compared to the life that awaited her? Continue »


A Call to Repentance

A Call to Repentance

comments | Posted Jul 10, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

As the years go by, I become more and more awed by the gifts that God has given to so many of us all over the world. He gave them to teach, to strengthen, to heal, and to equip us for the building up of the body of Christ. Continue »


Divine Dialogue

Divine Dialogue

comments | Posted Jul 07, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

“For ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’” —Acts 17:28 Continue »


Celebrate Independence Day as a Family

“Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Continue »


Pressing On to Win the Prize

Pressing On to Win the Prize

St. Paul’s life still speaks to us today

comments | Posted Jun 29, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

The man whom Bible readers know by both the Semitic name “Saul” and the Greco-Roman name “Paul” was born into a setting that dovetailed two dramatically different cultures: the Judaism of Jerusalem and the Greco-Roman world of Damascus. Continue »


The Fruits of Confession

The Fruits of Confession

Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.

comments | Posted Jun 26, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

The fruits of Confession are manifold and profound. We experience them primarily in the order of grace. Sometimes we notice an immediate improvement in our prayer. Sometimes we sense renewed strength in our moral struggles—against gossip, say, or a negative attitude, or a critical spirit. Continue »


The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.

comments | Posted Jun 24, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (Luke 1:13) Continue »


Husbands, Love Your Wives!

Husbands, Love Your Wives!

comments | Posted Jun 20, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Joe and his wife, Julie, listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that each of you know what things are important to your spouse.” Continue »


Jesus Sets Out Alone to Pray

Jesus Sets Out Alone to Pray

We’re Invited to Join Jesus in His Secret Place of Prayer

comments | Posted Jun 16, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Continue »


Holding to Love Until the End

Holding to Love Until the End

Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One

comments | Posted Jun 11, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

In the course of the next five years, many of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Maybe our parents are getting up in years. We may lose our husband or wife. Perhaps a close friend will become seriously ill. Continue »


The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

Reflections from the Saints on the God’s Great Gift to Us of the Eucharist

comments | Posted Jun 07, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Those who receive Communion lose themselves in God like a drop of water in the ocean: It’s impossible to separate them anymore. . . . In these vast depths of love, there’s enough to lose yourself for eternity.—St. John Vianney Continue »


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