Living the Faith

“St. Mary of Egypt” (detail) – Sketch © by Judith Costello“St. Mary of Egypt” (detail) – Sketch © by Judith Costello

Mother Mary and the Other Marys — Saints for Today’s Girls

Imagine living the life of a prostitute from age 12 to 29! Prostitution leaves a woman hardened and scarred. It must surely turn the heart into a stone because sex, which is a God-ordained gift of vulnerable union, has been turned into a crass money-making abuse of the body. So who is the 17-year-prostitute and why should we care? Mary [...]

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I cannot feel God’s presence, am I a bad person?

I am a Catholic or try to be one, and I am having problems feeling the Power of my religion. I have been so hurt throughout my life and I’ve tried to forgive the people, but it does no good. I feel like I get far more satisfaction out of my work than my faith. It’s so hard for me to [...]

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Life and Prayer Lessons Learned from an Obituary Writer

“What have you got for me today?” The woman on the telephone had a soft and gentle voice. Her tiny, floral-print, navy blue dress seemed to swallow her petite frame. Bony fingers with short, unpolished nails held a number two pencil, which hovered over a yellow legal pad. She held the phone in the crook of her neck. “Mmm Hmm…. [...]

Perpetual Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia USAPerpetual Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia USA

Look At Me

    I sat there in the quiet chapel, feeling exceptionally grateful for my seven-month-old son’s spontaneous nap, which gave me the chance to savor a few minutes with Jesus in adoration. Still, prayerful moments like these before the Lord in the Eucharist seemed so fleeting lately that I was almost too giddy to buckle down and pray. I nestled [...]

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Reverence Please… Jesus is Present!

Our teenagers just came back from a Steubenville Retreat. They are fired up. They have had a palpable sense of the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Then they come to Mass in the parish and that feeling begins to ebb away. Why? Why doesn’t every single Mass remind us and fill us with a sense of God’s real [...]

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

True Grit and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As a convert to the Catholic faith it took me a while to appreciate the Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion. To tell the truth, it seemed kind of sappy, sentimental and well… French. All hearts and flowers and perfume – almost like a Valentine from Jesus. Yucch. Then I learned about St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and realized that she, like [...]

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Experience the Life of Peace Christ Wants for You

If all we ever do to learn about God is to approach Him as an academic exercise, we may come to know about Him, but we will not come to know Him. In today’s gospel (Matthew 11:25-30), Jesus speaks of a relationship with Him to which He invites us that promises rest for the weary. In light of his other sayings, [...]

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

I’ll Forgive You If…

Have you ever held back from forgiving someone because they hadn’t met your conditions? That happened to me once. I inadvertently offended someone and I sincerely apologized three times. I noticed that the person did not accept my apology or offer forgiveness. I finally said, “You know, I have now apologized to you three times very sincerely. I really am [...]

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Take Your Faith with You on Vacation

Just prior to a summer 2003 family vacation to Disney World, Gail Coniglio had developed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She made the 3-½ hour trip quite frequently in the summer with her husband and two young children. They always made time for Mass. One year, they went to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando, which [...]

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Five Practical Lessons to Become a Better Disciple

There is a section of Luke’s Gospel known as the Travel Narrative. In this section, Jesus and his disciples journey to Jerusalem where redemption will occur and the Church will be born. St. Luke uses nearly 10 chapters (9:51-19:27) to record this journey to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus prepares his disciples for the work to which he has called [...]