Filipino Christmas

Every culture develops special ways for celebrating Christmas. The Christmas crèche, Christmas trees, Christmas carols, and so forth are found in various forms wherever there are Christians. In the Philippines Catholics celebrate the Christmas Novena from December 16 until the Christmas mid-night...

Focus on Faith

I think it’s imperative that we continually educate ourselves about what the church teaches and what God’s will is in our lives. We can’t do that very effectively if we don’t ever take the time to stop and listen. I believe that one of the best ways for a person to enrich his or her faith life is...

Questions? Fr. John has answers!

If you’re looking for real answers to questions about prayer, spiritual growth, living in the world today, overcoming sin, and the distinctiveness of the Catholic faith, a recent title from Servant, Answers by Father John Bartunek, will speak to your soul and touch your heart. Fr. John is one of...

Your Attention, Please

In an ongoing quest to become more efficient and effective at life, I am reading a book entitled The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. Levitin’s approach to the subjects of organizing ties it to the neurological structures of the human brain. He...

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 Mysterious Workings of Grace

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM. He is coauthor of Franciscan Media’s FREE e-newsletter A Friar E-spirations. To subscribe, click here. When speaking of the word grace, it is important to clarify what grace really is. Grace is not something that we get from God. Grace is actually God...

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