“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 »
St. Paul’s life still speaks to us today
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 »
Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.
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 Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.
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 »
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 »
We’re Invited to Join Jesus in His Secret Place of 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 »
Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One
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 »
Reflections from the Saints on the God’s Great Gift to Us of the Eucharist
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 »
The Lord wants our children in his family even more than we do.
I typically conclude my daily morning prayer with intercessions. I take about ten minutes to pray for family, friends, the sick, people who have asked me for prayer, and people that the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention. I entrust each person to the care of the Lord, who knows better than I do what each one needs most. I regard this intercessory prayer as part of my commitment as a follower of Christ. I see it as way of drawing others close to the Lord, which is my responsibility as his disciple. Continue »
Jesus’ breath is the eternal breath of God! Could anything more wonderful be imagined?
At the age of five, my grandnephew Charlie was already a seasoned cowboy. But even seasoned cowboys can sometimes get thrown from a horse, especially if the rider is caught off balance when the horse “spooks”—cowboy language for a sudden rearing or sideward lunge when something scares the horse. Continue »
Free, educated, and beautiful, Henriette Delille enjoyed the highest status possible for a black woman in a slave state before the Civil War. Yet, out of love for God, Henriette chose to exchange a life of relative ease and wealth for one of poverty and struggle. Continue »
Experience the Holy Spirit
Have you ever noticed the vast difference that can exist between understanding something intellectually and experiencing it personally? Before his death, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, but his disciples had little understanding of what he meant until the Spirit fell on them in power on Pentecost. Continue »
A mother’s “minimum plan” makes for maximum benefits
Every year when our children were growing up, I used to feel ambushed by summer. As school came to an end and our regular schedule disappeared, it was a struggle to change gears and begin dealing with that familiar question: “I’m bored, Mom, what can I do?” Continue »
On the feast of the Ascension, we are called to rejoice both in Jesus’ victory over sin and death and in the glorious life that he has secured for us. We pray that we would experience the new life that is ours in Christ. Continue »