Living a Good Christian Life

We talk a lot about being committed to living a Christian life, but what does it really mean? Going to Mass on Sundays, receiving the sacraments and actively praying are all good ways of being a witness to the Gospel and living a good Christian life. But how do we really connect with people, especially young...

Overcoming Obstacles

Living out our faith on a day-to-day basis is a challenge. No matter what our age, vocation, or condition, we are subject to encountering obstacles of some kind. They may come from within—a crisis of faith, an illness, or simply the advance of age. Or the obstacles may be external: a change in the...

The Gift of Life

This past Sunday here in the United States we celebrated Mother’s Day—a day when we reflect on that special family relationship from the various perspectives through which we approach it. For example, I myself am a mother, and I am also a daughter of my mother who is still alive. Many of you celebrated...

Family Trees with Many Branches  

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember having two friends who were being raised by a single mom and one friend from a blended family. The rest came from traditional two-parent families like my own. Times have certainly changed. Although there are still plenty of traditional families...

True Discipleship

What makes a disciple a disciple? And what does the word disciple mean?  If someone asked if you were a disciple, what would your response be? I think disciple is a word that probably brings to mind different things to different people. Some associate it only with people from Jesus’ time. Others associate...

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