Resolving Conflicts Constructively with Your Spouse
Think back to the last time you and your spouse had a disagreement. Were you both able to communicate your feelings and viewpoints, or did you end up in a shouting match? Continue »
Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will
Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will for her life: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Continue »
Jesus of Nazareth identified himself with the poor. He who pronounced the words “This is my body” over the bread said the very same words about the poor. Continue »
King David’s prayer of repentance offers us a key to knowing the merciful touch of Jesus.
The atmosphere in Jerusalem was charged with scandal. David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. Continue »
Use an action plan to build your marriage.
Love letters, diamonds, chocolates, dinners for two, passionate embraces—none of us has any problem coming up with a short list of traditionally romantic ways to express love. But what about life’s ordinary seasons? How do you keep telling your spouse “I love you” when the gift budget is empty and you’re feeling more tired and preoccupied than starry-eyed? Continue »
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Continue »
One of the iconic images of the twentieth century is a tiny woman in a white and blue sari walking the slums of India, caring for the sick and dying. Blessed Teresa of Kolcata (August 26, 1910–September 5, 1997), or Mother Teresa of Calcutta as she is more commonly known, was proclaimed a living saint long before her death from heart failure. Continue »
1. Get the lay of the liturgical land. In other words, get to know your Catholic family home that is your parish. Continue »
What the Mother of the Sons of Zebedee Teaches Us
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 »
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.
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 »
As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.
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 »
The ancient Hebrew psalms become more meaningful to us as we interpret them in light of the revelation of the new covenant.
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 »
How to set a tone of loving service in your family.
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 »
Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts
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 »
Meditating and Praying the Mysteries
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 »