Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love

Our guest blogger today is Edward Sri, author of Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. “This is dangerous. Don’t let my wife see this!” That’s how a friend of mine jokingly responded when he first came across the challenging...

Pope Francis: ‘Build Mercy in the Home’

The following are excerpts from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Instruments of God’s Mercy The mission that awaits us is of course challenging, but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit it becomes an exciting one. We all experience our poverty and weakness in taking the precious...

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Our guest blogger today is Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who coauthors the twice-monthly A Friar’s  E-spirations. Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the Canaanite woman who begs him to release her little girl from demonic possession (15:28ff)....

The True Meaning of Holiness

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM. Jim coauthors the FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. The word holiness can have a discouraging effect on people. Some immediately dismiss it since they feel that holiness is way beyond their reach. They think of their failures and sins, and...

Year of Mercy: Visiting the Sick in the Jungle

Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the Sick The indigenous families living in this South American jungle village came early to see the American doctors running a free health clinic. They paddled dugout canoes for miles on the placid waters of the Wakapoa Creek, gave their names and sat on wooden benches to wait...

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