Stories of faith from around the Archdiocese
Christians wield a different kind of strength
In the first centuries of Christianity, the church suffered continual persecution as both the Jewish and Roman authorities tried to suppress the preaching of the apostles and the very name…
Fighting temptations against prayer
Before the pandemic hit, I was writing a series about the Catechism’s teaching on prayer. I’m returning to that today, but skipping ahead to a section that may be particularly…
The Good Shepherd has a lively relationship with his sheep
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is unofficially called Good Shepherd Sunday. Each year we hear readings that open us to the image of Christ as our Shepherd. This image, given…
A rule of life can bring stability and peace
No one’s life is normal right now. Kids are home from school. Parents are working from home. Groceries are being delivered, and even public liturgies are canceled. Add to that…
Hope cannot be quarantined
Like most of the rest of the world, my husband and I spent the Triduum hunched over my little laptop streaming Holy Week services. And while, for once in my…
Pray to St. Peter to obtain the gift of zeal for the Lord
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the…
Feeling abandoned? Go to Jesus in prayer
We have come through a particularly trying Lent. Easter is here. But for many of us it doesn’t seem like Easter. Holed up in our homes away from friends and…
Let us put on the mind of Christ Jesus in Holy Week
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. And how different is our world since we first began our Lenten journey! The COVID-19 virus has taken a huge toll on…
Finding peace and trust in a pandemic
My friend Dan Burke, co-author of “The Contemplative Rosary,” has come down with COVID-19. Shortly before going to the ICU, he said that although it was affecting his already compromised…
‘Leave it all on the course’
I first heard this expression some years ago when my brothers were running triathlons. One brother is an actual Ironman, having completed events comprised of a 2.4-mile swim, 120-mile bike ride,…
Has Jesus healed me of my blindness?
This Sunday’s Gospel gives us the healing of the blind man. There is a back-and-forth dialogue in which the man, who was healed from his blindness, recounts the acts of…
Trust and obedience are vital parts of prayer
We have been going through Part Four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on “Christian Prayer.” In today’s column, we consider prayer in the Old Testament and how that…
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