Living the Faith

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Real Stories of Prayer

The Power of a Praying Parent series “Real Stories of Prayer” by T. Thomas Prayer and suffering united to the Cross of Christ unleash God’s power, invite Him in and allow Him to work fully in our lives. This was made manifest to me eleven years ago when I was suffering from cancer.  Just after diagnosis and before staging, I had to […]

How Should We Pray for Our Children?

The Power of a Praying Parent series “How Should We Pray for Our Children?” by T. Thomas The first installment of this series addressed the fact that prayer is the best gift parents can give to their children. Now, let’s look at some ways we can pray for our kids. We can: Pray the Rosary—Meditating on each mystery and thinking of how […]

Advent: Letting Go of our Expectations

This year, Advent isn’t going as I had hoped, not even close.  I had promised myself that we wouldn’t overdo anything—baking, decorating, planning, shopping.  I wanted the liturgical season to be experienced with joyful and eager hope, rather than the frenzied flurry of pre-Christmas planning that tends to occupy the weeks preceding Christmas Day. Despite the fact that my family […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Speak less, Do more

  When I was a child, I awoke many mornings and found my mother in the kitchen preparing breakfast or folding laundry, while she watched Protestant television evangelists preach the word of God. Some days, I stumbled downstairs to find her curled up on the couch, tears running down her face as she listened to the morning message. I caught […]

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them

The Power of a Praying Parent series “The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them” by T. Thomas Most of us would do anything for our kids, right? We give birth after hours of labor, sometimes without pain medication just so those kids will have “the best” start. We struggle through those early, sleepless weeks, tending to our babies’ every […]

Carpathian mountain valley

The Power of Gentleness

Small Things Series: Little Things Can Make a Big Difference “The Power of Gentleness” by T. Thomas About fifteen years ago when all my children were still at home, I had contracted a severe upper respiratory infection. One of the side effects was that I completely lost my voice. Not for a day, but for close to a week, I could do […]

Have an Old Fashioned, Blessed, Wonderful Christmas

Here we are in the hustle and bustle of the Advent season. I don’t know about you, but in this stressful year, in this charged political and cultural climate, I’m yearning for simplicity. I suggest we turn inward and look to yesteryear a bit, to see what we can do to create an old fashioned, blessed, wonderful Christmas for our […]

A Second Chance

Small Things Series: Little Things Can Make a Big Difference “A Second Chance” by T. Thomas When I was a student at Saint Mary’s College, young men from the dorms at Notre Dame would invite girls from our dorms to dances called “Screw Your Roommates.”  It sounds worse than it was. This was back when the word ‘screw’ didn’t have quite […]

Words with a Friend

Small Things Series: Little Things Can Make a Big Difference “Words with a Friend” by T. Thomas One night a few years ago, I was laying by my little daughter on her bed as she drifted off to sleep. Plagued by restlessness and wanting to wait up for my husband who was returning home after a work trip, I downloaded the […]

Christ the King Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral in Roslindale, Massachusetts

America: Trust in God, Not People

As I write this, I have no clue who will win the office of presidency for my home country, the United States of America.  I don’t know who will fill the hundreds of empty Congressional seats and the various gubernatorial ones either.  For weeks, months even, my heart has been clouded by a sense of impending doom and gloom, mostly […]