mission

"Sermon on the Mount" St. Matthew's Church altarpiece by Henrik Olrik

A Reminder of the Mission

The readings at Mass during the Easter season are a constant reminder of our mission as disciples. Throughout the season, the first readings come from the book of Acts, detailing the events of the early days of the Church when the Apostles, filled with the Holy Spirit, were obeying the command of Christ to teach the nations. These first followers […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Speak less, Do more

  When I was a child, I awoke many mornings and found my mother in the kitchen preparing breakfast or folding laundry, while she watched Protestant television evangelists preach the word of God. Some days, I stumbled downstairs to find her curled up on the couch, tears running down her face as she listened to the morning message. I caught […]

Man at Prayer

For Advent, Let’s Focus on Simplicity

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to overcomplicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this […]

The Hidden Life

When I retired from a public work life, I found a hidden life had many lessons to teach… When I was a new mom, I slipped away for a silent weekend retreat. Before we adjourned on Sunday afternoon, the organizers invited the participants to randomly pick a holy card. On it, was a virtue we were supposed to cultivate throughout […]

Leadership, skill sets, and the key to success

When we think of leaders, we tend to think of men and women who are great orators or persuasive advocates, people who are able to unite people while asserting themselves, or those people who have the type of charismatic personalities that draw you in and fill a room.  When we look at the leaders in Scripture, however, many might not fit […]

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Preach it and Live it!

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; First Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39. This series appears each Wednesday. The Bible is not just for churches and synagogues. Portions of it are read as literature, even in secular university classrooms.  Invariably, when you look […]

Daily Quote from Blessed John Paul II

“The fundamental objective of the formation of the lay faithful is an ever-clearer discovery of one’s vocation and the ever-greater willingness to live it so as to fulfill one’s mission.  …The lay faithful, in fact, are called by God so that they, led by the spirit of the Gospel, might contribute to the sanctification of the world, as from within […]

New Mission Territory

Look around after Mass or observe the folks attending ministry meetings and parish events and ask yourself: Where are all the young adults?  According to the Fast Facts on Young Adults page listed on the USCCB website, the Church defines “young adults” as 18-40 years of age and says that 40% of Catholics today belong to this age group.  Only […]