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...

Lent and a Reader’s Inspiration

We’re into Lent, and both for those becoming Christians and those already baptized, our conversion as Christians prompts us to help shape a just world. Catholics traditionally pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. Those three “pillars” of the Lenten season can take many forms. But true to the...

Saying YES to God

When I was a kid, I always gave up candy for Lent. It was really hard for me since I have a pretty big sweet tooth. But because of those times that I actually stuck to my resolution during the whole season, I enjoyed that Easter Sunday candy more than ever! Now, as an adult, I’ve tried to broaden my...

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