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A Flood Tide of Mercy

A Flood Tide of Mercy

The Prophetic Ministry of St. Faustina

comments | Posted Apr 16, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


My Lord and My God!

My Lord and My God!

The apostle Thomas was blessed to see Jesus. But what about us?

comments | Posted Apr 12, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

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 »


Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

The first to see the risen Lord, Mary Magdalene is most remembered for her Easter testimony.

comments | Posted Apr 08, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


Jesus’ Resurrection Is Not the End of the Gospel . . .

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 »


Jesus’ Victory Is the Source of Our Hope

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 Family in God’s Plan

The Family in God’s Plan

The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society

comments | Posted Mar 31, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

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 »


We Can Work It Out

We Can Work It Out

Resolving Conflicts Constructively with Your Spouse

comments | Posted Mar 28, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

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 Example of Authentic Faith

Mary’s Example of Authentic Faith

Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will

comments | Posted Mar 25, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


Recognizing Christ in the Poor

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 »


Have Mercy, Lord!

Have Mercy, Lord!

King David’s prayer of repentance offers us a key to knowing the merciful touch of Jesus.

comments | Posted Mar 16, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

The atmosphere in Jerusalem was charged with scandal. David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. Continue »


How to Really Love Your Husband

How to Really Love Your Husband

Use an action plan to build your marriage.

comments | Posted Mar 12, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

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 »


Embracing the Gospel This Lent

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 »


Lessons Learned from the Mental Sufferings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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 »


Ten Ways to Get More Out of Mass

Ten Ways to Get More Out of Mass

comments | Posted Mar 03, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

1. Get the lay of the liturgical land. In other words, get to know your Catholic family home that is your parish. Continue »


Sharing in the Cross

Sharing in the Cross

What the Mother of the Sons of Zebedee Teaches Us

comments | Posted Feb 27, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


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