Recent Resource Articles RSS Feed

Three Steps to a Simpler, Richer (and Saner) Summer

Three Steps to a Simpler, Richer (and Saner) Summer

A mother’s “minimum plan” makes for maximum benefits

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

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 »


Reflections on Jesus’ Ascension

Reflections on Jesus’ Ascension

comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

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 »


Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, an Apostle of Hope

The Communist interrogator couldn’t stand it any longer. “Admit it!” he shouted to the priest, “You’re part of a Vatican plot! You’re nothing more than an Imperialist lackey!” But the newly appointed archbishop of Saigon, Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, answered quietly and directly, “No. I will not admit anything of the kind.” Continue »


Our Mother Mary Brings Life to Us, Her Children

How does Mary mediate life to us? First, she brings Jesus to us. Let’s look at the visitation of Mary to her aged cousin, Elizabeth. Continue »


Turning to Look at God

Turning to Look at God

God looks at us lovingly, searching for room in our hearts. Knowing this, how can we not turn our attention to God?

comments | Posted May 08, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

In the measure you desire Him, you will find Him. He so esteems our turning to look at Him. —St. Teresa of Avila, "The Way of Perfection", 26.3 Continue »


Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Wisdom the Pope Offers to the Modern Family

comments | Posted May 04, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »


St. Joseph Gives Us a Glimpse of God the Father’s Heart

St. Joseph Gives Us a Glimpse of God the Father’s Heart

The love of God the Father is embodied in Christ’s earthly Abba, St. Joseph!

comments | Posted May 01, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

The first time Christ uttered the word “Abba” on this earth, he was likely looking into the eyes of St. Joseph, which is a point that is worthy of mention. God the Father could have chosen to allow the Blessed Virgin to live and work as a single mother. Continue »


When Your Worst Fear Becomes Reality

When Your Worst Fear Becomes Reality

I can’t think. I can hardly pray. But I can trust and love.

comments | Posted Apr 28, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

My first big clue that something was very wrong came in February 2009. I was on a Christian mission trip to Costa Rica, meeting with a small group of women. Suddenly I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. 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 Apr 25, 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 »


The Risen Jesus Is Present in Our Midst

The Risen Jesus Is Present in Our Midst

Today the risen One enters our homes and our hearts, even when, at times, the doors are closed.

comments | Posted Apr 21, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

I would like to demonstrate the transformation that the Pasch of Jesus worked in his disciples. Let us start with the evening of the day of the resurrection. Continue »


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 »


1 of 57