The Fire of the Holy Spirit

Do you ever feel completely dry and incapable of coming up with a good idea? That’s how I felt this morning when faced with the prospect of writing this blog post. Clueless might be just the word to describe my situation. I prayed for inspiration and my eye landed on a picture of fiery, liquid flames on my...

The Most Reliable Understanding of Heaven

Today our guest blogger is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, coauthor of the popular free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. I  have never been to heaven and returned to describe it. But God has given us an understanding of what it will be like. Of course, heaven will be infinitely...

Identifying a ‘Regular Catholic Hero’

Today our guest blogger is Randy Hain, author of Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic.  To learn more about the book—or to share stories of faith—click here. Sometimes they sit in the pew next to us during Mass, but we may not know their names. They volunteer for parish ministries, show...

Francis the Writer

Many people are surprised to hear that St. Francis of Assisi left behind a fair body of writing—55 texts in the excellent volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, The Saint, edited by Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv., and William Short, OFM. Francis had enough formal education...

Wrapping Up Christmas

Our guest blogger is Theresa Doyle-Nelson, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and California State University–Fullerton. Doyle-Nelson is a wife, mom, and lover of travel who writes from the Texas hill country. To see more of Theresa’s work, visit her website: TheresaDoyle-Nelson.com. It seems...

Ready for Merton

An old saying, sometimes attributed to an anonymous Zen master, asserts, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” On the upcoming 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth (January 30, 2015), this would seem to be the case for me and his writings. I first encountered Merton in my 20s,...

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