September, 2016

My new favorite prayers

As Catholics, we are often criticized for our ritual worship and rote prayers.   While at times I do wish I was more poised when leading public impromptu prayers, I am grateful for the treasury of prayers at our fingertips.  Far from lifeless, these prayers come from our rich heritage—thousands of years of holy men and women, from the writings […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Jerome

"St. Jerome Writing" (detail) by Caravaggio

“Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity.”  (St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church (340 – 420) is Sepetember 30 Print this entry

Encountering the Word — James 1:2-4

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) Print this entry

The Subtle Danger of Catholic Boredom

Photograph © by Andy Coan

On a recent Saturday morning my fifteen-year-old son said: “Dad, I’m bored. What are we going to do for fun today?” Knowing my youngest son well, I translated this to mean that he was looking for something new and exciting and I was supposed to provide it. This all too frequent discussion with my children has been the cause of […]

If Only You Knew… St. Teresa and the Four Waters of Prayer

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

“If you knew the gift of God.” Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink, “He said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and […]

Beyond the Sexual Urge

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp In our first reflection on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, we considered […]

The Hidden Life

When I retired from a public work life, I found a hidden life had many lessons to teach… When I was a new mom, I slipped away for a silent weekend retreat. Before we adjourned on Sunday afternoon, the organizers invited the participants to randomly pick a holy card. On it, was a virtue we were supposed to cultivate throughout […]

A Mother Who Inspires us to Love

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

What if Pope Francis gave you a special mission? Wouldn’t you find it hard to ignore? I, for one, paid attention when the Holy Father issued a commission to me and my companions during a private audience in Rome back in October of 2013. We had gathered together for a study seminar hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity […]