Thick or Thin?

Forgiveness is one of those things that is so much easier to talk about than to do. In my own life, as a young wife and mother, even though I loved God and wanted to extend his grace to others, often little irritations or slights occurred (I felt excluded; I didn’t feel appreciated; someone else took...

A Perfect Mistake

I find errors for a living. A misplaced comma here, an incorrectly used colon there—it’s my job as an editor to make sure the text you’re reading is grammatically and stylistically correct. I love this type of work, until I catch myself getting ready to take the red pen to a birthday card I received...

“Catholics Get It”

“Catholics get it. Catholics get the sacraments.” This was the message of the homily I heard this past Sunday. Sacraments connect the things of God with the things of earth. Catholicism isn’t a heady, intellectual faith. It’s woven into our lives, experienced with all of our...

Remembering Mychal Judge, OFM

[This blog marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.] Many of us are familiar with Father Mychal Judge, OFM, a member of the Holy Name Province based in New York City. Father Mychal worked with homeless people and AIDS patients. A recovering alcoholic, he also devoted much time to recovering addicts....

Are You a Local Faithful Citizen?

The Presidential election has captured the minds and energies of the nation. We’re readying ourselves to vote, especially as Catholics, this election year. But let’s not forget that Faithful Citizenship involves local politics as well. Have you kept up on a state, congressional and city candidates? Do...

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