A Grain of Wheat

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Last Sunday, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles preached a powerful homily honoring Oscar Romero. “One must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us. … But whoever...

Keep God Close, Pope Francis Says

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions from Servant Books It’s definitely not a coincidence, but what I like to call a “God-cidence.” The whole idea behind my new book Walk Softly and...

Discerning with an Open Heart

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had thoughts of the priesthood in...

Jesus’ Experience of Temptation

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe to this FREE e-newsletter, click here. One of the most significant aspects of the season of Lent is to remind us of how Jesus entered into the human experience. We face that fact...

Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted...

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...

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