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...

I’ll Miss You, ‘Winona Ryder’

As my friends and closest colleagues know, I call my television “Winona Ryder.” There’s a story behind that: I received this beauty for my 20th birthday. When it was first hooked up to my cable, I made a beeline for HBO, via remote, to find one of my favorite movies playing: Reality Bites. It’s...

Clean Wisely

I’m a clean freak. There, I said it. I buy hand sanitizer in bulk, I’m usually within arm’s reach of disinfecting wipes, and I have a deep fondness for color-safe bleach. I spend this excruciating flu season, or as I call it, “the dark days,” wishing I were in a Hazmat suit. Friends and family have...

St. Francis: An Inspiring Life

The following article, written by Diane Houdek, appears in the October issue of Liberty + Vine. If you’ve only heard of one saint, chances are it is St. Francis of Assisi. His international popularity hasn’t waned in 800 years. In fact, if Francis were a man born ahead of his time, in many ways his time...

Move Forward

Growing up, my mother always said she could read the state of my mind by the state of my bedroom. If it was organized, I was in a good place. If it was a mess, so was I. It’s true—I crave order in my surroundings. People who can live and work in chaos are a mystery to me. In fact, a couple months back,...

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