The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. In my previous E-spiration (www.americancatholic.org/e-News/FriarJack/newlayout.asp?id=53), I offered several short Scripture passages for readers to ponder or contemplate. In a similar way, I offer...

Thank You, Justin Bieber

Whenever I’m driving in the car with my kids, I feel like I spend a lot of time¬†monitoring the songs on the radio for inappropriate messages or language. Sometimes it seems like a neverending job. And as a busy mom of four, that’s the last thing I need to be spending my time doing. That’s...

‘Slow Down, Buddy!’

When our daughter was small, we spent a lot of time playing in the front yard. We lived along a surprisingly busy country road which followed the bends and curves of a creek for seven of its 10 miles. Our home was located along the “straight” section. Many people made up time that they’d...

Let your mind be blown

The world is full of amazing people. You get up, you battle traffic, you work all day, you head to the gym, you make dinner, you check Facebook, you go to bed. And somewhere in that daily routine, you can lose sight of the remarkable power of a person. Each individual component of your day has a way of...

Unexpected Inspiration

Each year I have the wonderful opportunity to attend the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, a convention for Catholic educators. This is my favorite event all year. Imagine 40,000 people, wanting to learn more about their Catholic faith and advance in personal growth! I attend the convention for my...

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