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...

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...

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