Sharing in the Cross

Sharing in the Cross

What the Mother of the Sons of Zebedee Teaches Us

comment | Posted Feb 27, 2015

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 »


A Far-Out Crazy Idea for Couples during Lent

A Far-Out Crazy Idea for Couples during Lent

During Lent, sit down together for an hour or so, the two of you, husband and wife, read a passage from Scripture, and talk about it.

comment | Posted Feb 24, 2015

A survey of American Catholic couples by the Lenawee Center for Pastoral Research at St. Andrew’s University of the Ozarks found that less than two percent of husbands and wives ever read and discuss the Bible together. Continue »


Lent—A Time of Transformation

Lent—A Time of Transformation

As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.

comment | Posted Feb 19, 2015

Spring is a time of anticipation. Winter has faded, and we all begin to look for signs of new life. The sun is closer to us and the earth is warmer. Continue »


Praying the Ancient Psalms as Christian Prayer

Praying the Ancient Psalms as Christian Prayer

The ancient Hebrew psalms become more meaningful to us as we interpret them in light of the revelation of the new covenant.

comment | Posted Feb 16, 2015

Our Jewish forefathers gave expression to their faith in God through the psalms and were gripped by a profound awareness of what it means to stand as mere creatures before the presence of God. Continue »


Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home

How to set a tone of loving service in your family.

comment | Posted Feb 14, 2015

It’s not a biblical saying. And if it’s taken to mean that only the people closest to us have a claim on our care, it’s not even a Christian idea. Continue »


Keep the Fire Burning

Keep the Fire Burning

Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts

comment | Posted Feb 10, 2015

How do we accept the call to discipleship with eagerness, enthusiasm, and fervor, willing to lay our lives down for the Lord, no matter the cost? How do we keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts? . . . Continue »


The Beauty of the Rosary

The Beauty of the Rosary

Meditating and Praying the Mysteries

comment | Posted Feb 06, 2015

As much as we may love Christ, the Virgin Mary can always lead us to a deeper love and a more uplifting perspective of faith in him. Continue »


Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple Has Much to Teach Us

Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple Has Much to Teach Us

Presentation of the Lord

comment | Posted Feb 02, 2015

In one sense, it was a routine duty: Forty days after giving birth to a son, every Jewish woman was required to bring an offering before the priest—a lamb and a pigeon or turtledove if she could afford it—or two turtledoves or pigeons if she was poor. Continue »


Building a Godly Perspective

Building a Godly Perspective

God loves to bless us and build us into the likeness of Jesus, his only Son.

comment | Posted Jan 31, 2015

For a number of years, “WWJD” wristbands and bumper stickers were popular among young people. The initials stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and were meant to help people ask in every situation, “How am I living right now?” “What am I thinking in this situation?” “What would Jesus do in the same circumstance?” This is the same urgent message that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount: How are we living today, right now? Continue »


Wounds of Spouses and Peers

Wounds of Spouses and Peers

Forgiveness sets us free and opens the way to healing.

comment | Posted Jan 27, 2015

Our woundedness may come from anyone, most frequently from spouses or peers. No matter what the source, unforgiveness of any kind will block intimacy with the Father, for Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Continue »


Count It All Joy for the Sake of Love

Count It All Joy for the Sake of Love

The Journey of Mother Marianne Cope

comment | Posted Jan 23, 2015

Marianne Cope is the eleventh American citizen to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is January 23. Continue »


Praying for Christian Unity

Praying for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

comment | Posted Jan 19, 2015

Began in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from January 18-25. It is jointly supported and sponsored by the World Council of Churches, a body which includes, among others, most of the world's Orthodox churches as well as many Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, United and Independent churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, representing the entire Catholic Church. Continue »


A Juggling Act

A Juggling Act

Finding Balance in Our Lives Requires a Relationship with God

comment | Posted Jan 15, 2015

Work, household chores, church commitments, school projects, and sports practices! How many nights do you fall into bed feeling as if you were in motion all day without a moment to take a deep breath? Unfortunately, the sensation of being caught in a daily whirlpool, forcefully spun around, is all too commonplace. Continue »


Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

comment | Posted Jan 11, 2015

Why did Jesus, the Sinless One, submit himself to John’s baptism of repentance? At his baptism, Jesus accepted his mission as God’s suffering servant on behalf of all sinful men and women. Continue »


The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

Finding Christ indeed leads to living “another way,” the new way of God’s kingdom.

comment | Posted Jan 06, 2015

Magi were learned sages from the East. The word magoi, meaning “wise men,” was the Greek form of the Old Persian magav. Perhaps Persian astrologers of a priestly caste, Matthew’s wise men are the first to seek an encounter with Jesus. Continue »


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