Standing on Holy Ground

Our guest blogger this week is Carole Dahlquist, Trade Marketing and Sales Support Manager for Franciscan Media. Julie Dortch Cragon has written a delightful book entitled Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces. The book launched on Saturday, May 3, in the month of Mary, at Julie’s bookstore, St....

Enduring Impact

The unexplained healing of an inoperable brain aneurysm saved the life of a devout Costa Rican woman and was the proximate cause of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. Deflecting the fame she has attracted, 50-year-old Floribeth Mora Diaz said, “I am here because God decided to write a story with my...

Our Newest Saints

Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today is also the day we celebrate the canonization of two popes! The following is taken from the article “John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints” by Christopher M. Bellitto which appeared in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger. In his...

Be Not Afraid

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter.  It is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, instituted by then Pope John Paul II, who will be canonized on Sunday.  I remembered a post I wrote this time last year, echoing the words of the soon to be saint that we still hear today: be not afraid!  Here is that...

What a Week!

With all the bad weather we have received in the last couple of weeks, several events were postponed, which made this past week a very busy one for us: a trip to Columbus on Saturday, gingerbread-house-making party Sunday, Lessons and Carols Monday, school Christmas program Tuesday, preschool Christmas...

The Power of Forgiveness

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to forgiving someone is the nagging feeling that this person is not sufficiently sorry for the pain caused and has not made adequate reparation. We tend to see forgiveness first as a gift to the person who is forgiven—rather than as a self-gift to the person doing the...

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