St. Nicholas: The Original Santa Claus

St. Nicholas lived in Myra, a city in the province of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during the fourth century. His parents died when he was a teenager and left him with quite a bit of money. Nicholas then went to live with his uncle, who was a priest. At some point, Nicholas became aware of a man who had...

What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Sr. Blandina, Pray for Lauren

Lauren Hill is a student at my alma mater Mount St. Joseph University. She plays on the basketball team. And she is battling inoperable brain cancer. Doctors have said she doesn’t have long to live. You can watch her story here. But Lauren is determined to make the most of that time. On November 2, she...

The Blessings of My Crazy Life

If you’re looking for me on any given week, here’s my schedule to help you out: Monday is gymnastics. Tuesday is soccer and dance. Wednesday is more soccer. Thursday repeats Tuesday. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are more of the same. In between there are lunches to be packed, carpools to be...

Advice from Pope Francis

It seems that daily we are surrounded with tons of reasons NOT to be happy. But Pope Francis thinks there are a lot of things we can do to bring happiness back into our lives. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly Viva July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to...

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