A Little Quote for Lent

During Lent I find that I can use daily doses of inspiration to keep me focused and motivated. Here’s a wonderful quote from Fr. Gary Caster about keeping one’s prayer life honest and healthy: “One measure of a healthy life of prayer is that it never seeks a sign. Prayer should never be an effort to...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

Sr. Blandina, Pray for Lauren

Lauren Hill is a student at my alma mater Mount St. Joseph University. She plays on the basketball team. And she is battling inoperable brain cancer. Doctors have said she doesn’t have long to live. You can watch her story here. But Lauren is determined to make the most of that time. On November 2, she...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

Dirt

I’m almost embarassed to be writing about gardening as a spiritual metaphor because it’s become something of a cliche, but with Paul’s words to the Corinthians in mind, “We are fools for the sake of Christ,” (1 Cor 4:10) I’ll saunter on. The backyard of the house...

If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away

Our guest blogger today is Drew Savoy, a senior at Anderson University in Indiana. He studies communications with a journalism concentration. He works for The Andersonian (student newspaper) and also broadcasts baseball and basketball games for 98.7 WQME. A few weeks ago I lost a good friend in a tragic...

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