Focus on Faith

I think it’s imperative that we continually educate ourselves about what the church teaches and what God’s will is in our lives. We can’t do that very effectively if we don’t ever take the time to stop and listen. I believe that one of the best ways for a person to enrich his or her faith life is...

The Call to Joy—And Our Response

My new favorite book—Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy: The Essential Guide to The Joy of the Gospel—was written by our co-worker Diane Houdek and published by Franciscan Media. By taking a closer look at what Pope Francis wrote in his apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,”...

Living Out Your Faith

When my oldest son was in high school he volunteered one day a week at a low-income housing program. After school, he would drive over to the center and spend about an hour or two just hanging out with some of the young kids. He would read books to them, color with them, or maybe play outside with the older...

For Better or For Worse

A few weeks ago my family and I were late getting to church on Sunday. Instead of walking up near the front where we usually sit, we went and sat up in the balcony. Being so far from the “action,” so to speak, I found myself more easily distracted and I began watching the family in front of me. The...

Dicipleship Isn’t Easy

Pope Francis teaches that our faith is not just about our heart and our head, it’s about our hands and our feet as well. It’s about what we do with our faith that counts—how we put that faith into action in our world. Discipleship isn’t easy. It wasn’t easy for the first disciples either. Take a...

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