Your plan this Lent… or God’s?

The prayers of the liturgy are rich, and one of my favorites is the collect of the Mass for Ash Wednesday: “Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.” I love the image of entering […]

Remember that you are dust

"Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" (detail) by Cole Thomas

Next week, our churches will be packed with people, as the human spirit is drawn to the annual observance of our sinfulness. Why are people drawn to church on Ash Wednesday? I would like to believe that even amongst the din of modern culture and the silencing of conscience, there remains something in us that remembers who we were created […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from the Catechism

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning | Creative Commons License (cropped to size) Photography by Andreas Tille

“The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to the slavery of sin.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, ¶1733) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote from the Catechism

Communion of Saints

“’The Church . . . will receive its perfection only in the glory of heaven,’ at the time of Christ’s glorious return. Until that day, ‘the Church progresses on her pilgrimage amidst this world’s persecutions and God’s consolations.’ Here below she knows that she is in exile far from the Lord, and longs for the full coming of the Kingdom, […]

Our Children: Just Another Statistic?

Maybe it was Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of the “Year of Faith” that got us thinking.  Or perhaps it was a knee-jerk reaction to the frequent attacks upon our faith from an increasingly post-Christian society that put the idea into our heads.   Whatever it was, my husband, Dan, and I recently came to the conclusion that sending our children to […]

Along the Journey Home

Communion of Saints

A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the front porch sipping my coffee and watching the children play in the yard when the delicately sweet, clean scent of a nearby gardenia bush drifted by.  I was suddenly taken back to the days I spent as a child 70 miles east of Dallas in the small town of Winnsboro, TX. […]

Black and White or Simply Shades of Grey?

Much has been written of late about the rapidly increasing consumption of pornography by men and the devastating effect it has upon the lives of addicts.  Though society may view the use of pornography as fairly innocuous—what I do on my own time is my own business as long as I’m not hurting anyone— the truth is that pornography is […]

My Soul is a … Jet Pack?

As a parent of two teenagers, I often feel guilty about my shortcomings. I never did teach them Latin, we still have a long way to go on Bible studies, and, occasionally, I serve macaroni and cheese for dinner. There is one thing I have gotten right though — both my children are very comfortable with the sacrament of Reconciliation. […]

Daily Catholic Quiz – The Beginning of Eternal Life

Question: What does the Catechism call the beginning of Eternal Life for the believer? Answer here or on Facebook. Also, you are encouraged to suggest future questions. Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and the Recommend buttons […]