community

Finding Authentic Connection in a World Where We are Lost to Each Other

Last weekend, my husband and I schlepped the kids to the park and as we unloaded the kids, the dog, the bikes, and every other bit of unnecessary gear from our vehicle, a passenger van pulled up next to us.  The doors opened and out poured a half dozen kids looking to expend energy on the playground.  The driver of […]

When God picks your friends…

Our friends filled our bellies, but they what they really offered was friendship. Jesse and Dan’s ingenious modus operandi in securing our friendship was to feed us.  My husband, John, and I had moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for work, but we were lonely because our immediate family lived several states away.  We knew we needed community, but we didn’t […]

Together on Pilgrimage

There have been many images to come out of World Youth Day.  The small girl reaching up to hug the Holy Father at Mass.  The smile the Holy Father gave to the penitent in confession.  The thousands of hands reaching up to the Popemobile.  The flags, the crowds, the sunrises, the World Youth Day cross being carried by the youth. […]

"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

Want To Save The World? Start With The People You See Everyday

In June, I started a mother’s ministry at my 10,000 person parish and the response has been overwhelming. Though we began meeting over five weeks ago, every week I receive more requests from women who have heard about us and want to join the group. Here’s the thing I already knew, but my experience has confirmed: women are hungry for […]

A Courageous Example and a Loving Parish

This past Sunday, I had an opportunity to witness a very special moment at my parish. An eighteen-year-old man with high-functioning autism was taking his first turn as a lector at Mass. The lector role is an important one with serious responsibility, but this young man showed confidence and little fear as he read a very long first reading from […]

A Motley Crew: the Saints (and why I love them)

I love saint stories.   I know I’m not alone—even the saints loved saint stories. St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion was spurred by reading the life of Christ and the lives of the saints. Edith Stein stayed up all night reading the life of St. Teresa of Avila. There is an attraction in the radical witness of holiness that the lives […]

What I learned from a 161-year-old barbecue

The last weekend of July is usually one of the hottest of the summer in Tennessee. In a little town fifty-five miles west of Nashville, that weekend boasts an annual festival that was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest outdoor barbecue. Pork shoulders are nursed all throughout the night so that they’re done […]

A Road Map for Effectively Serving on Non-Profit Boards

Over my 20+ years in business, I have had the good fortune to serve on a number of non-profit boards and am grateful for the enriching experiences, people I have met and worthy causes I have served.  One of the benefits I’ve gleaned is how to effectively serve on a non-profit board.  In my earlier days, I wasn’t aware there […]

Pope Benedict XVI on Marriage and Moral Focus

To some young Catholics, the sacramental bond of marriage seems scarcely distinguishable from a civil bond, or even a purely informal and open-ended arrangement to live with another person. Hence we have an alarming decrease in the number of Catholic marriages in the United States together with an increase in cohabitation, in which the Christ-like mutual self-giving of spouses, sealed […]

The Heart of a Business

My team and I spent yesterday afternoon doing something fundamentally crucial for the future of our company.  We didn’t have an offsite strategy session or an inspiring sales meeting.  We didn’t have a great client meeting or close a big deal.  No, we spent the afternoon giving back to the community. We visited My Sister’s House, which is part of […]