All You Holy Men and Women

I’ve been asking people to pray for my brother Mark, who was recently diagnosed with cancer (Stage 4). We are asking people to pray for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and St. Anthony of Padua for Mark’s healing but, most importantly, we just want people to pray—in whatever way they’re most...

Power of Godly Song

We can each probably think of songs that transport us to a different place and time. My husband and I listen to a morning radio show that features a “Hot Tub Time Machine.” They play audio clips from newscasts, commercials, and songs from a year in the past and ask listeners to guess the year. It’s...

Life Goes On

My home in the country lost one of its more unique features last weekend. Heather, our white swan, was killed. She’d been sitting on a nest of eggs and had taken to sleeping on her nest rather than seeking the safety of the pond. This—and her coloring—made her easy prey for a coyote or fox on a...

Fishing Lessons

Happy Easter! Easter is such a significant event that we can’t celebrate it fully in only one day. We need a “week of weeks”—seven weeks—to do it justice. PRAYING WITH MONKS I was on retreat with some girlfriends near the Abbey of Gethsemani this past weekend. We stayed close enough to the abbey to...

Mercy on the Path to Perfect

I’ve decided that I need to focus on finding satisfaction with what is instead of focusing on how things ought to be. I’m not giving up my hope that the ideal may someday be realized, but I’ve decided that a work in progress and any movement toward the ideal is still worth celebrating. I look to Jesus...

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