Mercy on the Path to Perfect

I’ve decided that I need to focus on finding satisfaction with what is instead of focusing on how things ought to be. I’m not giving up my hope that the ideal may someday be realized, but I’ve decided that a work in progress and any movement toward the ideal is still worth celebrating. I look to Jesus...

A Pope by Any Other Name …

Today’s guest blogger is Mark D. Motz. Motz is a life-long parishioner at Guardian Angels Church in Cincinnati, where when he was four years old—according to family legend—he told Monsignor Piening he wanted to be either the pope or a fire truck when he grew up. He became a writer, editor, and...

An Unexpected Ending

Last month, we exhibited at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Though I love attending conventions for Franciscan Media, they also can be quite stressful—especially when you are in charge. It was on Saturday, February 23, that I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I had set up a luncheon for some...

‘Answer Your Call’

Today’s guest blogger is Martha Lyles, co-author of the book “Answer Your Call,” from Servant Books. This post originally was published on HuffingtonPost.com. Two years ago a routine mammogram led to the diagnosis that changed my life: cancer. The 10-day wait from scheduling that biopsy to...

Evangelize Me!

Like many, my mind when kablooey when the term “New Evangelization” popped back into the vernacular a year or so ago. What does it mean? How do we “do it”? And why? Since Vatican II, a renewal of the evangelizing charism has been a part of the Church’s agenda, although somewhat on the back burner....

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