Speak Life

I was on a conference call with an author yesterday, when I was struck by a statement he made: we’re all struggling. I found myself getting lost in that thought because it’s one I’ve had pretty often myself. We’re all doing the best we can to get along, but oftentimes we fail to see that others are...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

The Secret to a Good Marriage

My youngest sister gets married in less than a week. I am a very sentimental person, so I have been reflecting on words of wisdom I have to offer her after my almost ten years of marriage. Here it is: There is no secret to a good marriage. Marriage takes work and commitment—and that is no secret! Dr. Ray...

Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

The Power of Gratitude

Some days things just seem to be out of sync — disappointing news, difficulties with family or colleagues, feelings of sluggishness or exhaustion. Sometimes there’s a stretch of days like this. My week started out this way, and I soon had a little litany of misery, small and not-so-small...

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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