The Fruits of Repentance

God wants to do so much more than forgive us.

comment | Posted Feb 16, 2016

Have you ever tried to clean a sidewalk, a driveway, or a concrete patio? Of course, scrubbing and scrubbing with hot water will wipe away some of the dirt, but if you want to restore it to its original whiteness, you need something more. Continue »


It’s Never Too Late

God took an “old thing” and turned it into something new.

comment | Posted Feb 05, 2016

“Do old things,” God whispered to me, as I asked him what I ought to do with all the time I now found on my hands. Shattering my ankle in six places had definitely not been on the agenda for my life. The accident had forced me to be off my feet for six months, and I had little to keep me occupied. Continue »


Making Ourselves Paracletes

Making Ourselves Paracletes

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

comment | Posted Jan 19, 2016

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 »


Responding with Receptivity

Responding with Receptivity

Welcoming the Surprising Visit of the Magi

comment | Posted Jan 03, 2016

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 »


Born to Save Us

Born to Save Us

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

comment | Posted Dec 24, 2015

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 »


Mary Immaculate

Mary Immaculate

As mother of Life himself, Mary mediates the life of Christ to us

comment | Posted Dec 08, 2015

Mary continues her role as mother of life with you and me and all of her spiritual children. As mother of Life himself, Mary mediates the life of Christ to us as the new Eve, as the Mother of the Church, and finally, as our mother. Continue »


Thanksgiving All Year Long

Thanksgiving All Year Long

comment | Posted Nov 26, 2015

The national holiday of Thanksgiving—celebrated in November in the United States and in October in Canada—is a perfect opportunity to think about gratitude. It can remind us and our families about the importance of being grateful—for the Lord as the source of life, and for one another—all year long. Continue »


Jubilantly Unemployed

Jubilantly Unemployed

I entrusted my unknown future to an all-knowing God.

comment | Posted Nov 13, 2015

After several decades in the food manufacturing industry, I rose to a position of respect and high compensation. But the year I turned fifty, my company fell on hard times. Tension began to mount in the factory, especially among those of us on the leadership team. I started to get defensive in the workplace. That’s when I realized I needed to adjust my priorities and seek God’s will for my career. Continue »


Echoing to Others God’s Words of Affirmation

It’s easy to remember the first time that Therese complimented John in front of his mother. It was an autumn day. We had driven over a hundred miles, complete with construction detours and hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Continue »


In the Shadow of Death, Hope

In the Shadow of Death, Hope

comment | Posted Oct 30, 2015

All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, which the Church celebrates on November 2, is an opportunity to commend our loved ones to God. Continue »


Keeping Our Eyes Fixed

Keeping Our Eyes Fixed

A Lesson in Prayer from St. Teresa of Avila

comment | Posted Oct 15, 2015

O Lord, how true that all harm comes to us from not keeping our eyes fixed on You. . . . We meet with a thousand falls and obstacles and lose the way because we don’t keep our eyes . . . on the true way. (The Way of Perfection, 16.11) Continue »


Hidden Messengers, Heavenly Guardians, Spiritual Companions

Hidden Messengers, Heavenly Guardians, Spiritual Companions

Angels are very real—and very active, both in the heavens and on the earth

comment | Posted Sep 29, 2015

We humans are an interesting breed. Blessed as we are with a natural curiosity, we have plumbed the depths of the earth and sent satellites millions of miles into space. Continue »


Pope Francis Offers Encouragement for Those Who Are Married

In the following selections from his general audiences and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »


Blaze a Trail

Blaze a Trail

I caught the missionary zeal of Pope Francis.

comment | Posted Sep 25, 2015

Pope Francis’ message at the canonization of Junípero Serra was clear: go forward and proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Continue »


Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States

Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »


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