Communion of Saints

Mary, Queen of All Saints

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Do your children look like you? They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard that she thinks my daughter […]

Run so as to Win

"The Coronation of the Virgin" (detail) by Fra Angelico

It’s that time again.  The Olympics are back.  Our living rooms are filled with international drama, and our water-cooler talk at work revolves around parallel bars, 100m freestyles, and even lightweight double sculls. The broadcasts are filled with inspirational stories which (even if they occasionally seem a little melodramatic or forced) tug at our heart strings and make us want […]

A Sky Filled with Saints

Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) in Cassiopeia constellation

“There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky!” The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up […]

Mary, Queen of All Saints

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard that she thinks my daughter looks, not like me, but like […]

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

When I was a Protestant I wondered why Catholics had so many statues of saints in their churches. There were two problems. First, I had been raised to believe that carved images were wrong because they broke the commandment “you shall not make to yourself any graven image.” Second, I was told that Catholics worshipped the saints, and sure enough, […]

Real Role Models for Today’s Young People

He was one of those superstars that everyone admired and looked up to and so many of his fans and supporters were young people both male and female. There were the young athletes who admired his dedication and what we thought were natural abilities and talents. He was greatly respected as someone who beat the odds not only in his […]

Daily Catholic Quote from the Book of Hebrews

Communion of Saints

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising […]

Lean on your Father

Marge's Dad at Age 3

I was headed for a couple of the most stressful weeks I’ve had in a long, long, time and wondered how in the world I’d manage to work my way through them. Things were coming at me from every angle, and while I’m usually invigorated by a challenge, this time I found myself ready to crumble. My spiritual director of […]

Will We Know Our Loved Ones in Heaven?

In last week’s article, A Match Made in Heaven, I remembered a promise made to my cousin.  This article fulfills the promise – a letter to his new bride. Dear Erin, First of all, I welcome you to our family!  You made such a lovely bride and the wedding was so beautiful. It was a day that I will not […]

Not Quite Saint Tabitha

When my husband recently retired from the Air Force and became a Junior ROTC instructor, I picked up a new additional duty—dry cleaning gofer.  Since we were new in town and I didn’t know anybody, I often chatted with the employees and got to know their names.  One day the regular girl disappeared, replaced by an enigmatic cashier who was […]