February, 2016

Mary’s Hands: How the Star of the Sea Inspires My Motherhood

Their hands were intertwined, mother and daughter.  They hadn’t seen each other for months, though they talked frequently on the phone, and there was something in the twisting of their fingers, in the contrast between younger and older, that told the story of their love for one another. Hands tell a lot about a person.  Infants curl their fists and […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). How important it is to be reminded of our place and the place of creation in God’s Providence. All of time and space of the created order is just that… a part of creation. God made you and He made me and all that is […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 1:3-10

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through […]

Frequently Asked Questions for Making a Daily Examen

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

We have arrived at the Third Sunday of Lent. By now, hopefully, we have been diving deep into the mystery of God and His love for us. A necessary part of advancing in the spiritual life and forming a deeper relationship with God is to examine ourselves, praying that God will reveal to us our soul as He sees it. […]

Fast so as to Feast

Photography © by Andy Coan

“But the goal is to save our appetite so that we can feast on other things… the Word of God… the Eucharist.” Some think Lent is a time for fasting.  I see it as a time of feasting. I come to this conclusion based on the story of the fig tree in Luke 13.  Three years without bearing fruit.  What […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — God Understands and Loves You

“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made” (Psalm 145:8-9). To our teens and young adults, let me say, I know how difficult it is for you to be Catholics in this culture. Some might think we older Catholics […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“It is not easy to entrust oneself to God’s mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! … ‘Oh, I am a great sinner!’ ‘All the better! Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things!’ He forgets, He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you […]

The Station Churches of Rome

  One of the oldest traditions of Lent is the pilgrimage to the Roman station churches.  The station churches, or statio, have their roots in the earliest days of the Church, when the bishop would visit the churches of his diocese on set days each year.  Today, the Catholic community in Rome carries on this tradition. Before it was legal […]