Bathtub Reading

My bathroom is tucked under the coombed ceiling of my top floor, so instead of taking a quick shower in the morning, I allow time for a leisurely bath. And I always have one or more books designated at “tub reading.” These titles tend to be thoughtful, reflective kinds of books, something to...

Nothing to Lose

Most of us hold on tightly to nearly everything, from our car keys to our children and our professional reputations to our lives. Even when we think we’ve let go of material possessions, we still hold on to less tangible things. And we don’t realize how much this closes us off from others. Once...

Who Is Your Hero?

A few years ago, I was privileged to be part of a team of leaders of a Youth Renew retreat held annually at my parish. The team of youths and adults met weekly for months prior to the commencement of the retreat. During that time, we formed a tight bond as we reflected on Bible verses, exchanged stories, and...

Dedication to Catholic Education

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. Last Friday night was Roger Bacon High School’s graduation in...

Pentecost

Pentecost, meaning “fifty days” after Easter, celebrates the Holy Spirit’s descent on the Apostles. The narrative in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles describes a dramatic transformation of the disciples in Jerusalem. A sudden sound, like that of a strong wind filled the house where they were....

Dirt

I’m almost embarassed to be writing about gardening as a spiritual metaphor because it’s become something of a cliche, but with Paul’s words to the Corinthians in mind, “We are fools for the sake of Christ,” (1 Cor 4:10) I’ll saunter on. The backyard of the house...

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