Living the Year of Faith

In these tough economic times, in these times of social unrest, in these times of wars and rumors of wars, in these days of storms and destruction, faith is needed. But what exactly is the “Year of Faith” we are in? It’s a year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of the...

Saints in Our Midst

In next two weeks, my family will be observing my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday as well as her 10th anniversary of her death. It’s an odd byplay of two events – her birth and her death – that both meet up at significant milestones for those who loved her. Birthdays are usually times to celebrate...

Fantastic Journey

I have recently returned from a Franciscan pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome where I was able to walk in the footsteps of Sts. Francis and Clare, and participate in daily prayer, Eucharistic celebrations, and historical visits. Some people find occasions like this to be an epiphanic moment in their spiritual...

You’re Getting the Best Catholic Media!

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, at its closing banquet last Friday evening, announced awards for its annual journalism competition, from entries for publishing year 2012. You can see all of the awards at the CPA site. We got first prize! Among national, general-interest...

Saving Stripes

Today’s guest blogger, Joe McHugh, is a spiritual director, retreat leader, teacher, and writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the National Catholic Reporter. His book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, will be published by Franciscan Media in September 2013. He can be...

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