My Reset Button

What is it about being Catholic that’s so special to me? Is it that I just needed something to latch onto, a set of rituals to make my own and embrace? Why does it seem to “correct” so much of what I always struggled with? At Holy Thursday, battling tears and a three-year-old boy, I realized what it is. “Communion [...]

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco)
Photograph © by Andy CoanMission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Good Friday and the Victory of the Cross

The terror of crucifixion Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew fear [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“Therefore the Eucharistic Celebration is much more than simple banquet: it is exactly the memorial of Jesus’ Pascal Sacrifice, the mystery at the centre of salvation. Memorial does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.” (Pope Francis, [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“…I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people, and by sharing their desires and problems. So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, [...]


Daily Catholic Quote by St. Francis of Assisi

“One day a rather worldly friend asked St. Francis of Assisi, ‘What do you do during those long hours before the Blessed Sacrament?’ ‘My son, in return I ask you what does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a cool stream? What they do, [...]

"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci

Making (Imperfect) Memories: What Great Things Might Be Happening?

A few years ago, I planned multiple Christmas projects so the kids and I could work together in a constructive, memory-making kind of way.  I admit to grandiose visions of homemade goodness prepared in an atmosphere of familial calm, peace, and love but the reality was more reflective of preschool playhouse bar room fights–if there were such a thing. Picture [...]

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Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These “traditions” have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln. But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday?  Because it was clear to him that the blessings of [...]

"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch"Christ the Consolator" by Bloch

Gratitude for Our Challenges

“If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) I woke up yesterday not feeling very grateful.  I am not sure why, but I started my day in a “mood.”  Maybe it was the stress of having too much on my [...]

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The Eucharistic “Bomb”

“Mom, you’re never going to believe what I dreamed last night!” said the 8 year-old waking up early on a chilly fall school morning. “You didn’t have another nightmare last night, did you?” asked the Mom, surprised that her son woke up early and didn’t seemed tired after many recent restless nights. “No, and it’s because of my dream!” replied [...]


Five Ways Catholics Can Make a Real Difference

“Think about the possibilities if we all made a sincere daily commitment, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.” Do we sometimes feel overwhelmed in the face of the relentless assault on the Church, our beliefs, and our families by the media and modern culture? Is it difficult to stand up [...]