Mother Teresa: A Model of Faith

Posted by Christopher Heffron on Apr 28, 2016 9:52:38 PM

Mother Teresa in Oslo, Norway
This Dec. 12, 1979, photo shows Mother Teresa in Oslo, Norway, after receiving the Nobel Peace Price. (CNS/EPA)

When it was announced that Blessed Mother Teresa would be made a saint, it is not unfair to say that such a declaration was, in a word, anticlimactic. Her fans didn’t require the formal announcement: In the heart of millions, she was already a saint.

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Pope Francis on the Importance of Family

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Pope Francis greets newly married

Pope Francis greets newly married couples during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 30, 2015.(CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Whether you are young or old, married or single, engaged, widowed, or divorced, may Pope Francis’ words strengthen you, refresh you, and illuminate the pages of your own life story. Here are some suggestions he offers to do just that. All words below are from the pope.

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Year of Mercy: Nourishing Body and Spirit

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Year of Mercy:Drought in ZimbabweA Zimbabwean man walks through his drought-affected corn field outside Harare Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters)
With poverty on the rise and a drought compounding Zimbabwe's problems, people are struggling to make ends meet, and the poor are becoming poorer, church workers said.

In Zimbabwe's hospitals and other health facilities, "patients need to pay for everything: painkillers, drips, injections and scans," said Getrude Chimange, coordinator of the justice and peace commission in Mutare Diocese.

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In Search of Saint Christopher

Posted by Christopher Heffron on Apr 25, 2016 10:16:38 PM

Saint Christopher by Hieronymus Bosch

Saint Christopher by Hieronymus Bosch. Oil on panel; circa 1496-1505.

Do these saints' names—Salvatore of Horta, Nicholas of Flüe, Conrad of Parzham—ring a bell? They may not strike a chord, yet these three venerable and holy people, unfamiliar to most Catholics, have a home in the Roman calendar.

But there is one popular and well-loved saint who was ousted from that lineup over 40 years ago. His image can be found inside of cars, on the walls of churches and around the necks of safety-seeking travelers. 

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Psalm 25: Directions from God

Posted by Christopher Heffron on Apr 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Image: Matthew Wiebe.

1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,
2 my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be disgraced;
do not let my enemies gloat over me.
3 No one is disgraced who waits for you,
but only those who are treacherous without cause.

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Don't Panic!: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

Posted by Maureen Pratt on Apr 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

How to Keep Going
Image: Abigail Keenan.

We live in a chaotic world, with many different crises occurring almost simultaneously. We all need a little (or a lot) of inspiration and practical tips to help us destress and increase our physical, emotional and spiritual resilience.

In my conversations with family and friends, I kept hearing about how stressed people were about some of the troubling events in their lives and in the world at large. From the drought in Southern California to racial and social tensions exploding into violence, from difficult, very personal financial and health challenges to the struggles of loved ones and coworkers, it seemed as if daily burdens were becoming harder and harder to bear, even with the most fervent faith!

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Proclaiming the Message of Life: Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 22, 2016 2:36:31 PM

The Message of Life through the Resurrection of Christ
Image: Altarpiece picture of Johan Ludvig Gebhard Lund (1777-1867) in Saint Peter's Church, Copenhagen.

As the weekend approaches, reflect on this week's readings through the lens of life—the life of Christ and the sacredness of all human life. This reflection is taken from Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary by Fr. Frank A. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

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12 Things to Know about 'Amoris Laetitia' ('The Joy of Love')

Posted by Katie Carroll on Apr 21, 2016 2:29:16 PM

What is the joy of love?

Image: Benji Aird.

What is so special about Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love? If you don't have time to read the document itself, here's a must-read article of twelve things you should know about it. 

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Family: Holiness in Its Place

Posted by Diane Houdek on Apr 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Image: Joshua Clay.

The life of God is not lived in a vacuum. We do not become Christians and then withdraw from relationships with others. Holiness is not something we find outside normal, everyday human activity. Any and all fruits of following Christ with Francis must show up primarily in those relationships which are fundamental: family life. Charity and prayer, penance, poverty, humility—all must have their first fruits in what we contribute to the atmosphere of our home.

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The Challenge of Being a Positive Parent

Posted by Susan Hines-Brigger on Apr 15, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Siblings together by the sea
Image: Joshua Clay.

The other day during a leadership seminar I’m taking, the instructor said something that really struck a chord with me. We were discussing motivation. He noted that, while people really need to motivate themselves, it is possible to create an environment that is conducive to motivation.

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