Sunday Mission

Earlier this September I celebrated the Eucharist with a parish in neighboring city. It was part of the Mission Co-op Plan, a national Catholic program that aims to deepen awareness of the Church’s mission in the hearts and minds of parishioners. At the same time, this program raises funds for the...

The Devil Made Me Do It

My sister Paula lives in Nashville, TN, and teaches music there at an alternative high school. It’s not what one might think of as a traditional music class; the students spend their time learning computer software programs like GarageBand and Pro Tools, discussing contemporary music and writing...

Simpler Praying

Today we welcome guest blogger Kathy Coffey. This comes from the “Living Simply” column in St. Anthony Messenger. What are our stereotypes of prayer? They might include folded hands, written texts, and a reverent hush in church. Sometimes we don’t pray because we think we must meet all those...

Move Forward

Growing up, my mother always said she could read the state of my mind by the state of my bedroom. If it was organized, I was in a good place. If it was a mess, so was I. It’s true—I crave order in my surroundings. People who can live and work in chaos are a mystery to me. In fact, a couple months back,...

What Does Holiness Mean?

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM. Jim, along with Jack Wintz, OFM, write Friar Jack’s E-spirations. The word holiness can have a discouraging effect on people. Some immediately dismiss it since they feel that holiness is way beyond their reach. They think of their failures and sins,...

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