Where are my flowers?

  “He doesn’t do the things he used to do, like buy her flowers.”  A coworker was telling me about a friend of hers, who, after several years of marriage, was lamenting the changes in their relationship.  Their lives were now full of kids and work and school and sports and dance classes, and she was struggling with the way […]

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

Lesson One in Prayer

Let’s get very, very basic and very, very practical about prayer. The single most important piece of advice I know about prayer is also the simplest: Just do it! How to do it is less important than just doing it. Less-than-perfect prayer is infinitely better than no prayer; more perfect prayer is only finitely better than less perfect prayer. Nancy Reagan was criticized […]

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

Go Out and Teach all Nations — Three Lessons from Acts

In Mathew’s Gospel 28:16:20, we learn of Jesus’ Great Commission. It is the very last thing He said to the Apostles: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe […]

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Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary

As Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary smiles at me the same way I smile at my seven-year-old struggling to learn to spell words and write sentences or my four-year-old beginning to form shapes and lines that make sense. She was given the title after appearing to Saint Dominic in 1208 in a church in Prouille, France. Later, in 1571, Pope Pius […]

Pope Francis in Philadelphia September 26, 2015
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What I Learned from Attending the Papal Mass in Philadelphia

Since we only live a few hours away, we decided at the last minute to attend the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. Making an appearance with our kids to this event—no matter how historic—made no sense. We did not have tickets. We have six children, one of whom is a toddler capable of shattering glass with his high-pitched screams. Two million […]


The Power of Encounter

It was a scene replayed over and over during Pope Francis’ visit.  Thousands of arms outstretched, reaching out, straining against barricades… ultimately blocked, not by fences, but by their iPhones and cameras separating them from the Pope.  City block after city block, did the Holy Father search for eyes, only to be greeted by the backs of phones and iPads?  […]

Photography © by Randy HainPhotography © by Randy Hain

The Eclipse of Happiness

I don’t think I’d be too far wrong in saying that most people in the Western world are not happy campers at the moment. Between the riots in Greece, the Occupy >>>Insert Town/Place Here<<< movement and all the real suffering caused by the economic crisis, it is fair to say that most people’s stress level has gone up and their […]

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Truth and Love

Peter said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” The words Jesus has for us are “Love your God with your whole heart, your whole soul and your whole mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” The words are simple but putting them into action is not always easy. For example when we proclaim […]

Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K. of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K.

Mary’s a Blankie Person: Our Lady of Walsingham

It was over ten years ago that I was reminded of the blankie of my youth, the one that had to be pried from my hands and that still remains in my memory as a cherished item. My mother, an avid sewer and enthusiastic grandma-to-be, had made and shipped approximately thirty-five million blankets for her new granddaughter. Nearly three years later, […]


Families & the Answer to Brokenness

The World Meeting of Families is a global event begun by Pope St. John Paul II.  Similar to World Youth Day, John Paul envisioned such a gathering so that people could come together with other families and be strengthened through prayer, dialogue, and fellowship.  At the end of the conference, which is held every three years, the Holy Father meets with […]