All Things New: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

When I review my own life, I vividly recall periods that seemed like a lot of senseless struggle at the time, but which God later used for his own sweet purposes. As a young actress, I experienced what a lot of naive and desperate “wannabes” discover, as they struggle to make their way in the world of...

Are We Better Catechists & Evangelists as We Age?

The short answer is “it depends.” But for prayerful Catholics who persevere in cultivating a relationship with God, over time, the answer is a resounding YES. First, the most radiant witness is someone in love with God. That soul connection with Christ magnetizes our personalities and fast-tracks...

Joan Chittister: Follow Your Joy!

Our guest blogger today is Sharon Cross. Employed at Franciscan Media since 1997, Sharon’s current role as a project manager with the Emerging Media team alternates between producing audio books, managing the Catholic Greetings e-card website, and overseeing Franciscan Media’s online and over-the-air...

Saints Simon and Jude October 28

The Apostles Simon and Jude Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Gospel according to Luke (6:12-16). Luke narrates that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the choice of his closest circle of disciples, the twelve apostles. Because...

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...

The Psalms: Prayer In God’s Own Words

Some people seem to have an almost natural love for the Psalms. They find their sentiments, desires, joys, sorrows expressed in ways with which they can identify. This is true even though the culture of ancient times is so different. My purpose in this look at the Psalms is to help people to grow in...

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