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Divine Dialogue

Divine Dialogue

comments | Posted Jul 07, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

“For ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’” —Acts 17:28 Continue »


Celebrate Independence Day as a Family

“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 »


Pressing On to Win the Prize

Pressing On to Win the Prize

St. Paul’s life still speaks to us today

comments | Posted Jun 29, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


The Fruits of Confession

The Fruits of Confession

Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.

comments | Posted Jun 26, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

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 Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.

comments | Posted Jun 24, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


Husbands, Love Your Wives!

Husbands, Love Your Wives!

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

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 »


Jesus Sets Out Alone to Pray

Jesus Sets Out Alone to Pray

We’re Invited to Join Jesus in His Secret Place of Prayer

comments | Posted Jun 16, 2015 | Filed in 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 »


Holding to Love Until the End

Holding to Love Until the End

Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One

comments | Posted Jun 11, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

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 »


The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

Reflections from the Saints on the God’s Great Gift to Us of the Eucharist

comments | Posted Jun 07, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

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 »


Praying for Our Families with Confidence

Praying for Our Families with Confidence

The Lord wants our children in his family even more than we do.

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

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 »


Life-Breath

Life-Breath

Jesus’ breath is the eternal breath of God! Could anything more wonderful be imagined?

comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

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 »


A Choice for God: The Life of Henriette Delille

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 »


Pentecost Is for Us!

Pentecost Is for Us!

Experience the Holy Spirit

comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

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 »


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 »


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