Ridding our hearts of the sin of Pride
Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Continue »
A lesson from the life of St. Francis
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 »
Three streams, one love
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 »
Grounding our life in the Eucharist gives us hope even in the face of death.
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 »
We should never give up hope.
I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:1) Continue »
He wants to heal us
"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 »
Special Intentions for October
Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions of our Holy Father. Continue »
September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.
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 »
The Lord might have a difficult word for you to share.
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 »
David shows us how to rise above fear and never lose hope.
How do you react in the face of a danger that seems to loom large? It could be a threat on the global stage, like international terrorism, war, economic crisis, natural disaster, or news of a possible flu epidemic. Continue »
God wants to mold us into his people
"O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay and you the potter: We are all the work of your hands." (Isaiah 64:7) This well-known image from Scripture gives us a good idea of the way God wants to shape our lives with his grace. Just as a potter shapes a lump of clay into a vessel, so God wants to shape us into vessels of his grace—vessels that can hold his divine grace and pour that grace out to the people around us. Continue »
What Newman Can Teach Us Today
“A pure block of purpose.” That’s how a friend of Newman’s summed up his life. From start to finish, Blessed John Henry Newman pursued one singular, overarching quest: the quest for truth. Continue »
Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)
September 15th is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is a longstanding tradition in our church to wear a medal of Our Lady of Sorrows. Many people, in fact, have been wearing this particular sacramental for years, and would never be parted from it. Continue »
"And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9).
This Sunday, the 14th of September, is the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross. Continue »
We follow her example.
For centuries, God had been promising his people a Savior, one who would “shepherd his flock” and whose greatness would “reach to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:3). And over the generations, countless Jews waited, trusting that God’s promises would be fulfilled. That’s why the birth of Mary was such a momentous event: It signaled the era of fulfillment. Continue »