Saint Germaine Cousin & Spiritual Poverty

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. Blended families may be common today with the proliferation of divorce in our country, but common doesn’t mean easy. It can be a challenge to open up your heart to the children of your...

The Final Instructions of Saint Francis

In September 1226, Francis realized that he would die soon. He dictated a Testament for his friars to help them grow in their zeal for Gospel living and the good example that would give power to their words. In fact, Francis died at the sunset that marked the start of October 4. The Testament is a short...

Methods of Travel—Part Two

“I, too, am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.” —Pope Francis I’ve spent a lot of time going over the river and through the woods of how Philadelphia will be handling the influx of over 1.5 million new...

Always Count Your Blessings – A Lesson from the Beatitudes

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. The Beatitudes. Doesn’t it just make you smile to say that out loud, to think of Jesus going up that mountain, sitting down, and then speaking those beautiful words? The challenge is that to...

Blessed Are You: Spiritual Poverty

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 5:3 Interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus begins this beautiful sermon by talking about the poor? It was...

Blessed Are You: The Peacemakers

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 We love peacemakers, in theory anyway. Think of all the poems and songs that have been written...

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