Apple Picking and Other Catholic Family Traditions

We welcome guest blogger Heidi Bratton, author of the new book: Homegrown Faith: Nurturing Your Catholic Family. We celebrated the time-honored family tradition of apple picking last weekend. Even though we were at an entirely new orchard in Michigan, hundreds of miles from last year’s orchard in...

A Little Peace and Quiet! Please!

I confess that I’m a bit of a news junkie and usually I enjoy the 24-7 cable news cycle. But, lately I’ve had it. I’ve had it with talking heads spouting their opinions. I’ve had it with people yelling at each other, blaming each other, one-upping each other and belittling each other’s...

A Pilgrim to Assisi Remembers

St. Francis of Assisi offered inspiration to the Church of his time. That inspiration is still part of our Catholic identity, especially for those who are members of the Franciscan movement. On October 27, his holiness Pope Benedict will share the Franciscan spirit with other religious leaders as they visit...

Saints Abraham, Sarah, Moses, David

How far back can you trace your lineage? Most of us are curious about our roots. Thanks in part to the availability of online databases, people are now researching their genealogy in unprecedented numbers. We want to know who are biological forebears are. As Catholics, we want to know our spiritual forebears...

Learning to Fly

This little plaque — actually, a retablo — caught my eye while having lunch in an Albuequerqe, NM, restaurant on a recent trip to the Center for Action and Contemplation. The image is of Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th century Franciscan saint who is the patron of air travel, soaring among hot air...

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