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St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

Daily Reflection — The Gift of the Church as Teacher

There have been many times in my life when I needed guidance about what to do. I am sure that has been true for you also.  Indeed, when we were young, we learned primarily from teachers. As we progressed, our teachers guided us to learn also from our experiences and observations. Unfortunately, there have also been times in my life […]

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

Daily Reflection — You Are Never Alone

Do you sometimes feel all alone, overwhelmed by life’s challenges, sufferings and injustice? The truth is that you are never alone. Our Lord is always with you. Some may find that difficult to accept, but it is true nonetheless. He told us himself that his yoke is easy and his burden is light (see Matthew 11:30). Christ crucified is God’s […]

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Daily Reflection — Living What We Believe

“Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” (Diaconal Ordination Rite) The key to a joyful life is to be authentic. Authenticity simply means being and living as the person God designed you to be. There is no other way to find joy. From our earliest […]

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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy

I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing. Unfortunately, this is a very common tale. The conversation became […]

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Francis of Assisi

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor) October 4 is the Memorial […]

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

What is the Answer to Suffering, Pain and Loss?

Many years ago, I taught 4th Grade CCD for my parish religious education department. It was the first evening of classes and I was starting the process of getting everyone introduced to one another when one boy blurted out, “I am going to be your worst nightmare.” He was speaking to me. You could say that I was taken aback, […]

"The Baptism of the Eunuch " by Rembrandt"The Baptism of the Eunuch " by Rembrandt

Why should you be hopeful in these stressful times?

Editor’s note: A reflection on the readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; First Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21. Pope Francis is now into his second year in office. A principal theme of his pontificate is that of Christian joy. His apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, speaks to […]

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Once Upon a Time, there was a Banana in the Kitchen…

“Once upon a time, there was a banana. And he lived in a kitchen…” So began the story my eight-year-old daughter Angela wrote yesterday for a homeschool writing assignment. I laughed and laughed, a big belly laugh. I almost couldn’t stop I loved the opening sentences so much. As I read on, I was tickled with her play on words, […]