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Mary’s Fiat: The Annunciation

Since the beginning, God has spoken with the men and women whom he created. First, he revealed himself to Adam and Eve so that they might know him and enjoy fellowship with him—a relationship so movingly described as “God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” amid his creation (Genesis 3:8). Continue »


A Pause That Refreshes

A Pause That Refreshes

It’s way more satisfying than a nap.

comments | Posted Jan 29, 2016 | Filed in Prayer

Did you know that the Hebrew word “selah” occurs seventy times in thirty-nine of the psalms? While we don’t know for certain what it means, many biblical scholars believe that selah was a musical term used to indicate a pause in a song, whether for emphasis or for reflection. Continue »


Coaching Kids to Career Success

Coaching Kids to Career Success

Eight Things Parents and Grandparents Can Do

comments | Posted Jan 27, 2016 | Filed in Marriage & Family

As parents, you help your children to build a strong faith, get a strong education, and develop a strong and healthy body. Do you also consider how to help them build a strong career path? This isn’t just about having a good job and financial security. Continue »


Why I Love St. Francis de Sales

Why I Love St. Francis de Sales

He Makes the Spiritual Life Seem Do-able.

comments | Posted Jan 22, 2016 | Filed in Marriage & Family

I was in my early thirties when the Holy Spirit inspired me to have a regular morning prayer time. There were only two problems: my two little ones! They were very early risers, so my best-laid plans for a quiet time were often thwarted. Continue »


Making Ourselves Paracletes

Making Ourselves Paracletes

Let the consolation and the mercy you receive from the Spirit flow from you to others.

comments | Posted Jan 19, 2016 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

The [Holy Spirit’s] title “Paraclete” not only speaks about God’s mercy toward us but also opens for us a whole new field of acts of mercy for one another. We need, in other words, to become paracletes ourselves! If it is true that the Christian needs to be an alter Christus, “another Christ,” it is just as true that he or she needs to become “another paraclete.” Continue »


Compassion: The Touch of Mercy

Compassion: The Touch of Mercy

comments | Posted Jan 15, 2016 | Filed in Prayer

“God’s mercy overcomes every barrier and Jesus’ hand touches the leper. He does not stand at a safe distance and does not act by delegating, but places himself in direct contact with our contagion.” —Pope Francis Continue »


Channels of Wisdom

Channels of Wisdom

Listening and learning from the older generation

comments | Posted Jan 11, 2016 | Filed in Marriage & Family

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth shortly after the annunciation is usually understood as a mission to assist her elder relative in preparation for the birth of John the Baptist. Another way to look at this, however, is that the visit also afforded Elizabeth the opportunity to pass down wisdom to her younger kinswoman, a tradition of sharing that has gone on throughout human history. Continue »


St. John Neumann, the Common Man’s Saint

What would the future hold for him, wondered young John Neumann as he gazed at the New York harbor from the deck of the Europa, the ship that had just brought him across the Atlantic in a rough, forty-day voyage. Continue »


Responding with Receptivity

Responding with Receptivity

Welcoming the Surprising Visit of the Magi

comments | Posted Jan 03, 2016 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

After Joseph learned of the mystery of Mary’s pregnancy and took her as his wife, Matthew shows us Jesus already born in Bethlehem and the Magi on pilgrimage from the East. The family resides in a house by now. Continue »


God-Bearer:  Mary, Mother of God

God-Bearer:  Mary, Mother of God

comments | Posted Jan 01, 2016 | Filed in Prayer

The title “Mother of God” is the Western church’s equivalent of the ancient Eastern title Theotokos, which means “God-bearer.” In 431, the Council of Ephesus sanctioned the title Theotokos for Mary as a way of declaring and protecting the divinity of Christ. The title declares the most important truth about Mary: She is the Mother of God. Continue »


Imitating the Holy Family

Imitating the Holy Family

Four Traits That Make It Possible

comments | Posted Dec 29, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

Like many parents, every day my wife and I face real and challenging issues in our family. We have two teenage sons and three younger children. Like many families, our children fight and bicker. Continue »


Born to Save Us

Born to Save Us

Born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Brings New Life to the World

comments | Posted Dec 24, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

As the New Year begins, many people make resolutions that are soon forgotten. The Church always encourages good resolutions at the beginning of the year but also brings us to the true “new beginning” that came about when Jesus was born of Mary. Continue »


Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas trees go up the day after Thanksgiving and go out the day after Christmas, just before the ritual of returning and exchanging gifts. The time in between is a flurry of parties, shopping, and school events. Continue »


Praying the O Antiphons of Advent

Praying the O Antiphons of Advent

comments | Posted Dec 14, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
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“Am I Not Your Mother?”

“Am I Not Your Mother?”

St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

comments | Posted Dec 09, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Thousands of cheers—and a few jeers—greeted the news that Juan Diego, the humble visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002. As with many canonizations, there were challenges. In this case, the challenge involved both the person and the miraculous image connected with his story. Continue »


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