Evangelization

Women’s Leadership Conference Reveals the Gift of Feminine Genius

In a culture that lauds feminist ideology, many lay and women religious chose to respond to St. John Paul II’s definition of “feminine genius” this year instead.  In early June, a new women’s conference was held in Washington, D.C. with the title GIVEN, a word that, according to Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV, defines more than just the gifts we have.  […]

God in the dugout…

Two eleven-year-old kids on the baseball team are sitting in the dugout while their team is up to bat. Charlie, the first shortstop, turns to William, the catcher. “Does your school say anything about your purple hair?” curious about William’s hair which was purple that day—and green previously. “My school doesn’t care, my teachers don’t say anything.” William answered, “I […]

"Christ's Charge to Peter" (detail) by Raphael

“Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep.”

In the twenty-first chapter of St. John’s Gospel, we find a gut-wrenching encounter between Jesus and Peter that defines the essence of Peter’s mission. To make this encounter unforgettable, Jesus takes Peter to the point of deep distress as he asks him not once, but three times, “Do you love me?” It is hard to imagine what this must have […]

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

The Pain of Conversion

“Did you experience any loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks.” The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure […]

“All are Equal in Dignity in the Sight of God”

“By reason of their Baptism, all Catholics are equal in dignity in the sight of God and have the same divine calling.” (Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities; 1995) When I became a mom of a child with a developmental delay who otherwise appeared typical, I wasn’t shaken enough to notice people who were marginalized. However, […]

"The Taking of Christ" (detail) by Caravaggio

Modern Man and the Difficulty of Evangelizing

“Indeed, let us continue to go out and teach all nations!” As members of the Body of Christ striving for communion with the saints, we are faced with an essential mission contingent upon first picking up our crosses. Our primary duty is to cultivate our interior habits of being by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Good works follow the cultivation of […]

A Family Saying Grace Before Meal

Handing On the Faith We Received

When I think back over my life, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way through people who knew and loved Him and who chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced that […]

St. Nicholas Cathedral - Ljubljana, Slovenia

New Freedom and New Challenges

“What religion are most people around here?” I asked the limo driver in Ljubljana, Slovenia heading for the cathedral. “Catholic, but, uh, well — Catholic,” she replied, obviously leaving something out. “Only sometimes?” I tried to pull it out of her since she was nice enough to tour me around the city on the way to the Cathedral after my […]

"Adoration of the Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck

Dreaming of the Lamb

“Dad, I had another dream about God last night,” said the nine-year-old son who had an intense dream about the Eucharist a few months earlier. “Oh? Tell me about it,” his Dad asked with a heightened curiosity. “Well, I woke up to the sound of destruction in our neighborhood.  Trees were falling and everything was being destroyed; it was dark and […]

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (detail) by Caravaggio

Witnesses for Christ and the Breaking of the Bread

The joy of Easter and the Risen Christ is upon us!  Christ is risen!  Truly He is risen! Do you know that you are a witness for Christ? When I was growing up in the southern part of the United States, I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets […]