The Prophetic Ministry of St. Faustina
Eighteen-year old Helen Kowalska had things on her mind as she attended a dance in Lodz, Poland. She was doing her best to forget them, dancing gaily with her sister and friends, when her merriment came to a halt. As she later wrote, “I suddenly saw Jesus at my side. Jesus racked with pain, stripped of his clothing, all covered with wounds, who spoke these words to me: ‘How long . . . will you keep putting me off?’” Continue »
The apostle Thomas was blessed to see Jesus. But what about us?
The apostle Thomas is best remembered as the doubter—a stubborn realist who needed hard evidence before he would believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Continue »
The first to see the risen Lord, Mary Magdalene is most remembered for her Easter testimony.
Renaissance and Elizabethan Englanders called Mary Magdalene the “Mawdleyn,” a version of her name that gave rise to the modern word “maudlin,” which describes someone who weeps sentimentally. Continue »
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. Continue »
Have you ever read a newspaper story about a prison inmate who was facing execution? Or perhaps you’ve seen a movie that depicts a convict on death row. It’s a very intense situation, and the condemned man tends to be solemn, quiet, and reflective. Continue »
The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society
The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life. Continue »
Resolving Conflicts Constructively with Your Spouse
Think back to the last time you and your spouse had a disagreement. Were you both able to communicate your feelings and viewpoints, or did you end up in a shouting match? Continue »
Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will
Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will for her life: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Continue »
Jesus of Nazareth identified himself with the poor. He who pronounced the words “This is my body” over the bread said the very same words about the poor. Continue »
King David’s prayer of repentance offers us a key to knowing the merciful touch of Jesus.
The atmosphere in Jerusalem was charged with scandal. David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. Continue »
Use an action plan to build your marriage.
Love letters, diamonds, chocolates, dinners for two, passionate embraces—none of us has any problem coming up with a short list of traditionally romantic ways to express love. But what about life’s ordinary seasons? How do you keep telling your spouse “I love you” when the gift budget is empty and you’re feeling more tired and preoccupied than starry-eyed? Continue »
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Continue »
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 »