Beyond Lent

I know that Lent is over and we can all breathe easier not having to follow our Lenten resolutions for another year. But how many of us try to live out those resolutions beyond the parameters of the Lenten season? I decided to try something very different this year for Lent. I had given up grocery shopping....

The Greatest Gift of All

When my daughter Monica turned 16 earlier this month, I thought long and hard about the best way to make her “sweet 16” a special occasion. I thought about hosting a surprise birthday party for her, or a family dinner, or giving her a special, memorable gift. The only problem with having a family...

Empty Nest

I’ve always thought that after raising four children that I’d look forward to the peace and quiet of having an “empty nest” some day. But I realize that with that empty nest comes the loss of company, conversations and companionship with my adult children.  Thus, empty nest equals...

Fishers of Men

I just finished glancing through a beautiful new hardcover book recently published by Franciscan Media called THE HOLY LAND: AN ARMCHAIR PILGRIMAGE, by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. This beautiful book lets you travel on virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the comfort of your own home. In one of the chapters...

Are There Saints in Your Church?

The following excerpt is taken from the book Ask a Bible Geek by Mark Hart. It was Sunday morning, and as always, a young family made their way into Mass. A beautiful little six-year-old girl, the youngest, sat amazed, gazing up at the ceilings, the candles, the statues, and the crucifix. Then she noticed...

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