What Makes a Good Marriage?

My little sister gets married in exactly one week from today. In between feeling equal parts old and stressed (due to my role as Matron of Honor), I’ve been reflecting on what I could say to her as she enters this new stage in her life. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Ray Guarendi—Marriage: Small...

My Favorite Saint: Joseph

When Fr. Gary Caster told me he wanted to write a book about St. Joseph, I got very excited because Joseph has always been my favorite saint.  Caster wanted to write the book in honor of his mother, who also claims Joseph as her favorite saint.  So I’m happy to say the book is now available, Joseph: The...

Friar’s Ultramarathon Run is about Giving Back

On August 3,  Father Gregory Plow, TOR, ran the Wild Idaho Ultramarathon through Boise National Forest. A friar at Franciscan University, Plow finished the 53.4-mile run in 18 hours and 7 minutes. “When the going got tough, I remembered I was running for the students who are too poor to come to...

Speaking in Tongues

I read an article in the New York Times last week titled “Why We Talk in Tongues,” written by T.M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University. The author had traveled to Accra, Ghana, to study the charismatic Christian churches becoming popular in that part of the world, and there she...

A Mother’s Love

Today, August 27, the church celebrates St. Monica, on the day before the feast of St. Augustine, her son. Augustine’s parents had different values when it came to raising their son. Those differences are described in Augustine’s Confessions. Monica, his mother, was deeply committed to Christianity and...

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