St. Joseph: Humility and Devotion

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

As Christians, we are very familiar with Advent as a season of waiting, but really, our whole life is, essentially, a long season of waiting. Particularly, we wait for the last Advent—the last coming of Christ at the end of time. Every Advent gives us the opportunity to pause, and very intentionally focus on what we should be doing every […]

The Magi: Watchfulness and Action

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

As Christians, we are very familiar with Advent as a season of waiting, but really, our whole life is, essentially, a long season of waiting. Particularly, we wait for the last Advent—the last coming of Christ at the end of time. Every Advent gives us the opportunity to pause, and very intentionally focus on what we should be doing every […]

The Angels: Praise and Evangelization

"The Nativity" (Gerburt Christi detail) by Franz von Rohden

As Christians, we are very familiar with Advent as a season of waiting, but really, our whole life is, essentially, a long season of waiting. Particularly, we wait for the last Advent—the last coming of Christ at the end of time. Every Advent gives us the opportunity to pause, and very intentionally focus on what we should be doing every […]

The Shepherds: Come as You Are and Wonder

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Murillo

As Christians, we are very familiar with Advent as a season of waiting, but really, our whole life is, essentially, a long season of waiting. Particularly, we wait for the last Advent—the last coming of Christ at the end of time. Every Advent gives us the opportunity to pause, and very intentionally focus on what we should be doing every […]

Turning Around the Crisis of Spiritual Leadership in Families

I’m sure you were as dismayed as I was at the recent, sobering findings of the CARA study on the spiritual health of Catholic families. Dr. Gregory Popcak wrote an important article about it here and will continue to explicate the findings of the study, which all Catholics should take interest in. Basically, in Dr. Popcak’s words, “Catholic homes are […]

Tithing: Making Time, Talent, and Treasure Servants to Your Spiritual Leadership

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

“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always […]

Look At Me

Perpetual Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia USA

    I sat there in the quiet chapel, feeling exceptionally grateful for my seven-month-old son’s spontaneous nap, which gave me the chance to savor a few minutes with Jesus in adoration. Still, prayerful moments like these before the Lord in the Eucharist seemed so fleeting lately that I was almost too giddy to buckle down and pray. I nestled […]

The Quiet Voice that Calls You

I remember years ago having to write an essay for an English class on the topic, “Why I Write.” I wish I could find the essay and see what I had to say about my reasons for writing back in high school. Although the decade-old assignment is likely tucked in a clutter of papers on a dusty closet shelf somewhere, […]

I Went to School for Years! Now I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom…?

Mother and Child

The other day I was reflecting on a common frustration among stay-at-home moms—the seemingly “wasted” years of higher education that apparently get tossed aside when children enter the picture. Admittedly, I had moments leading up to the birth of my son when I felt that way. “I kicked my butt in undergrad and graduate school, just so I could change […]

Five Reminders That Will Change Your Spiritual Life During Lent

A Woman at Prayer

1. “There are two ways of waking up in the morning. One is to say, ‘Good morning, God,’ and the other is to say, ‘Good God, morning’!” (Venerable Fulton Sheen) Begin every morning with a positive, grateful attitude. Give God your first cheerful greeting. 2. “Wherever you go, there you are.” (Thomas à Kempis) Practice being truly present. When you go to the […]