December, 2013

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross

“Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.” (St. Paul of the Cross) October 20 is the Optional Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross (A.D. 1694 […]

Mary — Mother of God, Mother of Mine

Blessed Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus

In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux noted this about mothers, “How delicate a mother’s heart really is, and how it shows its tenderness in a thousand little cares that no one else thinks about.” Many of us have fond memories of our mother – the times she dressed us, combed our hair, tied our […]

Did Mary Have Days Like This?

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

I didn’t have a good excuse. No sudden death, news of great tragedy, or personal fall-through. The clock just met 4:00, the kid of choice started with the customary late afternoon ranting, and it all unraveled from there. Somehow, the everyday things – the weight of my worries, the onslaught of my duties, the trial of just getting through the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) August 28 is the Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354 – […]

The Torment of St. Anthony

"The Torment of Saint Anthony" (detail) by Michelangelo

St. Athanasius of Alexandria gifted us a beautiful account of a great saint in the Life of Antony. St. Anthony grew up in a good, loving, wealthy and faithful home in Egypt. He was not drawn to learning his letters, but he was a devoted and obedient son who paid close attention by hearing what was read in his home […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Stephen, Deacon

“But he [Stephen], filled with the holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, […]

LANDED! Hits the Mark

Navigating the job market successfully today takes finesse and a little luck, but with the right planning it doesn’t have to be left to chance. If finding the right job is the target, Randy Hain’s fourth book, LANDED!  Proven Job Search Strategies for Today’s Professional, hits the mark, offering job seekers a tangible plan and the right formula to make […]

“I will honor Christ in my heart and try to be authentically Catholic all the year.”

Photography © by Andy Coan

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2014.  I would like you to join me in a different […]

Jesus’ Feet

A teenager posed for this image of Mary and Jesus. She held her baby brother who played with his feet while looking toward heaven! It seemed the perfect pose… Jesus probably played with His toes too! Did He know then that His feet would be pierced by spikes? His feet would carry Him from village to village where He preached […]