Keep your senses open…

While on vacation, I came across a certain painting that was hanging on the wall of my children’s bedroom in the house where we were staying. There was no information on the painting as to who the painter was or where it was sold. The background was reminiscent of the green grass of a field and in the...

L.A. Congress: Not Just for Networking

Upon my arrival at the Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress, I experienced a nonstop kaleidoscope of people, products, and presentations. Overwhelming? A little — but where else can you find so many faith-filled Catholics in one place, and how cool is that?  One of the speakers, Matthew Kelly, encouraged us...

Finding the Perfect Fit

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago is my favorite church in the United States. Besides the fact that it’s one of the prettiest, most grand churches I’ve seen, it is the feeling of home I get walking through its doors that makes it top my list. Founded in 1867 as the first Polish church in Chicago,...

Vines and Branches

A couple weeks ago I was working on an article for Bringing Home the Word. The Gospel passage was Jesus’ metaphor of the vine and the branches from John’s Gospel. I did some research on pruning grape vines and made some helpful connections to our spiritual lives. The images of pruning away old or...

How Are Teens “Capturing the Faith” Today?

At this past week’s Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles, I was drawn into a discussion about how well I was catechized as a teen. It wasn’t a perfect experience: we did not have a Catechism, like today’s teens, but we did have the Bible and books like Believing in Jesus. When I was a teen, I...

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