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Waiting in Joyful Hope

Waiting in Joyful Hope

A heavenly perspective can change your earthly life.

comments | Posted Nov 18, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Have you ever noticed how much being in love can change someone? Think, for instance, of a man and woman engaged to be married. Their hearts are consumed with thoughts of one another. Continue »


Unconditional Joy

Unconditional Joy

A Forever Kind of Love

comments | Posted Nov 14, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices. (Psalm 16:8, 9) Continue »


The Last and Greatest Journey

The Last and Greatest Journey

Prepare now—in trust and joy—and Jesus at your side.

comments | Posted Nov 11, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

All of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Continue »


Faith: What It Is, What It’s Not

Faith: What It Is, What It’s Not

It’s important to know the difference.

comments | Posted Nov 08, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Quite often, we can find ourselves wishing that we had as much faith as someone we admire—perhaps a saint like Francis of Assisi or maybe a member of our parish whose witness never ceases to build us up. Continue »


Pray with Pope Francis!

Pray with Pope Francis!

Special Intentions for November

comments | Posted Nov 06, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »


Reach Through the To Do List!

Reach Through the To Do List!

Making prayer more personal

comments | Posted Oct 28, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

“He looked around to see who had done it.” (Mark 5:32) Continue »


Pride and Joy

Pride and Joy

Ridding our hearts of the sin of Pride

comments | Posted Oct 23, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Continue »


“I Beg You to Forgive”

“I Beg You to Forgive”

A lesson from the life of St. Francis

comments | Posted Oct 21, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

What is the key to good relationships? Trust, acceptance, respect, and love are certainly necessary. But every day we face sins and temptations that threaten to prevent us from giving and receiving the love and respect that are so vital. And experience tells us how easy it can be to give in or surrender to these temptation—and hurt the ones we love in the process. Continue »


St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Three streams, one love

comments | Posted Oct 16, 2014 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Sometimes, the voice of a saint echoes clearly to us down through the centuries. As a young adult, I found myself struggling, in the ordinary way of young people, with feeling alienated from God. Continue »


Responding to Death

Responding to Death

Grounding our life in the Eucharist gives us hope even in the face of death.

comments | Posted Oct 13, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

The inevitability of death can cause us to respond in different ways. Some choose to entertain themselves regularly so that they never have to contemplate their mortality. Continue »


Persistent Prayer

Persistent Prayer

We should never give up hope.

comments | Posted Oct 09, 2014 | Filed in Marriage & Family

I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1) Continue »


Mending the Wounds of Divorce

Mending the Wounds of Divorce

He wants to heal us

comments | Posted Oct 06, 2014 | Filed in Marriage & Family

"What God has joined together, no human being must separate" (Mark 10:9). These words can sound harsh to us, especially if we have been through a divorce or if a family member or close friend is part of a wounded or broken marriage. Continue »


Pray with Pope Francis!

Pray with Pope Francis!

Special Intentions for October

comments | Posted Oct 03, 2014 | Filed in Prayer

Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »


The 
Archangels

The 
Archangels

September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.

comments | Posted Sep 29, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Most names don’t reveal very much about the person who carries them. But that’s not true of the angels whom we honor. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God,” is known for his great power in fighting against Satan and his demons. Gabriel’s name means “strength,” and he certainly gave strength to Mary when he told her she would be the Mother of God (Luke 1:28). Raphael’s name means “healer,” and he is the one who cured Tobit’s blindness (Tobit 11). Continue »


Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

The Lord might have a difficult word for you to share.

comments | Posted Sep 26, 2014 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

It’s often difficult to speak the truth in love to our friends and families. Such words can be difficult to both give and accept. But doing so enhances the virtue of humility in both the one who is speaking those words and the one who is hearing them. In fact, we do not love our neighbor when we fail to speak charitable words of correction when necessary. Continue »


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