Catholic Quote of the Day — from C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from—my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” […]

The Portal

Artwork © by Jef Murray

The land surrounding Shaker Village in Kentucky might have been pulled fresh from the pages of one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales. It encompasses rolling hills, small farm buildings, pleasant forests and streams, and ’round about its many pastures are dry stone fences that have stood for centuries. In a few spots along these fences, those who built them creatively worked […]

Creating Summer Family Memories

One summer I encouraged Catholic moms to be mindful of their prayer schedules when changing over to a new season. I gently but straightforwardly reminded, “While making plans for our families this summer, let’s not forget about the prayer. Summer is certainly not a time for our faith to inadvertently go on vacation, after all. Changes in our schedule once […]

On Longing for Home

Treasure Bearer Artwork © by Jef Murray

It’s humid, and in the 90s (the mid-30s for folks who favour Celsius over Fahrenheit). There’s no breeze. It’s too early for cicadas, but otherwise I’d guess we were in August rather than June. Hills are hazy in the heat, and nothing twitches at high noon save flitting flies. These are summer days in Georgia; when air is thick and breathing burdensome. My old […]

Five Tips For Keeping the Season of Advent Holy in Our Domestic Churches

It’s that wonderful and holy time of year that our Church calls “Advent.” We might be planning (or at least hoping) to observe this Advent season in a holier way than we have in the past but aren’t quite sure how to accomplish it. After all, there’s that crazy time factor to deal with – or shall I say, the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“The woman is at the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your […]

The Citadel

“You don’t belong here!” Bernadette Bingham was walking past the drab brownstone apartments on her way to work. She looked at the little girl playing on the stoop, puzzled. “You don’t belong here!” the child said again, looking her straight in the eye. It was not the look of a little child; her expression was intense, disconcerting. Then, abruptly, the […]

The Secret of Successful Teams – Humility

At Home “We’re taking over!” My eight year old son David stood in the kitchen gloating, with arms stretched out in jubilation. For years, he and his younger siblings had played second fiddle to the older kids. They had gone to bed earlier. They had waited for the bathroom. They had eaten fewer cookies. But that was all about to […]

Exploring Elysium

“Goodnight…” “Goodnight.” “Don’t go to sleep….” “I won’t.” This is the way my brother and I ended each day. Steve was my junior by three years, and the long shadows of evening always filled him with thoughts of phantoms floating through foyers and bogeys under the bed. Somewhere along the line he determined, or perhaps had been advised, that if […]

Pilgrims Who Journey to the Shores of Eternity

Have you ever stopped to reflect on just how short our lives on earth are?  Currently, the number of people living in the United States who have attained age 100 is between 96,000 and 97,000.  And this number is inflated due to the large number of rural/farm people who lived here a hundred years ago. How many of you are blessed […]