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...

Faith Is an Option

“Faith is an option, not a given,” says Bob McCarty, Executive Director of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, during an interview with John Feister for American Catholic Radio. As for me, I definitely grew up with the idea that my Catholic faith was a given. I went to Catholic grade school...

Passion

I spent last week at a trade show for Catholic publishers and book store owners. The normal buying and selling was going on, but I found inspiration in the conversations I had with authors, bookstore owners, distributors, and other Catholic businesses. Each one has their own little corner of ministry. As I...

In Search of Merton

Last Sunday, over Memorial Day weekend, I went on a pilgrimage of sorts, a quest I actually promised myself to take for more than three decades. The now dilapidated St. Ann’s Hermitage (the words “St. Ann” seen in the detail above and on the right side of the building), a former tool shed...

Hope in the Holy Land

Five journalists from various Catholic publications are in Tel Aviv for a tour of the Holy Land that coincides with the historic visit of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew. This is a crossroads where Christians, Jews, and Muslims, among Druze and other peoples, struggle to maintain identity in the heart...

St. Rita, the Peacemaker

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457). Somehow, over the years, I had inherited a medium-sized statue of St. Rita. Had it not been for her name at the base of the statue, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to whom the statue represented. I actually found it to be a tad creepy at...

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