Are You Catholic Enough?

By now, almost everyone has seen, or at least heard of, the Time magazine cover asking, “Are You Mom Enough?” Aside from the disturbingly sensational depiction of breastfeeding, the question itself is an intriguing one, and one that gets to the heart of some major social issues in the US. Too...

A Lesson from Twitter

“Every person or institution will eventually let us down. Our ultimate trust must be in God and we will never be disappointed.” This was a tweet I stumbled across from Cardinal Dolan that really resonated with me. I so often fall into the trap of being continually shocked and disappointed when friends...

Mother’s Day

A song from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof ” comes to mind every Mother’s Day. Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, is growing insecure. So he asks his wife Golde, “Do you love me?” At first she is silent and seems preoccupied with her work. Then she suggests he must be worried about their daughters who...

A Sudden Death

I arrived late for Vespers on Friday, April 27. So, I was surprised to learn that Fr. Dan Havron, a priest, spiritual director and popular evangelist died late that afternoon. He was finishing a retreat for the Sisters of Charity at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati when he suffered a...

Lessons from Second Grade

How do you receive the Body of Christ? And I don’t just mean in your hand or on your tongue. If you’ve ever paid attention to people as they receive Communion, it seems less than half really understand what they’re doing. In second grade, one of the things I have never forgotten was how to receive...

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