Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Our guest blogger today is Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM. With Jack Wintz, OFM, he writes the twice-montly Friar Jack’s E-spirations. Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the Canaanite woman who begs him to release her little girl from demonic...

Saint of the Day: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

From our popular Saint of the Day feature! “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. That was certainly true in Marguerite’s case. Children from European as well as Native American backgrounds in seventeenth-century...

Frame the Day

I’ve had a chance over the last several years to travel to New Mexico to visit the Center of Action and Contemplation, founded by Richard Rohr, OFM.  While there, I have been introduced to their morning practice of prayer to begin each day. Their “contemplative sit” provides quiet time...

Put Me In, Coach!

Did you catch the season premiere of The Biggest Loser this week? Trainer Jillian Michaels is back! Oh boy, is she back! Jillian was downright brutal in her training, having no ounce of empathy toward any of the contestants. Whether they fell down on the treadmill, fainted, or threw up, she pressed them to...

Your Calling

One of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to talk to lots of interesting people. Yesterday I got to interview Dick and Martha Lyles for our American Catholic Radio program on discipleship. Dick and Martha were at our studios to record the audiobook version of their forthcoming book from Servant Books,...

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