Sunday Reflection—Ask and You Shall Receive

Jesus says “ask and you shall receive.”  He encourages us to ask boldly and persistently through the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow.  But if we don’t listen in prayer, we won’t know what to ask for.  Here are tips for using the inspired prayers called Psalms as guides to praying effectively. The Mass readings for the […]

Why We Need Joyful Witnesses

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, I found myself in multiple conversations with people who were distressed about the evils of the world today: the lack of faith, poverty, injustice, and pornography, ISIS, abortion, euthanasia, and materialism, to name a few.  While all the concerns expressed were valid, I walked away from the discussions feeling depressed and hopeless about the state of […]

“I will honor Christ in my heart and try to be authentically Catholic all the year.”

Photography © by Andy Coan

One of the most famous Christmas quotes of all time is this one from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Reflecting on this quote has made me think about resolutions a little differently for 2014.  I would like you to join me in a different […]

Surrogate Gods, Surrogate Parents

Father and Son

It is a gross understatement to say that we live in trying times.  The Church and religious liberty are under attack, our country is divided, the economy is struggling, atheists are one of the fastest growing groups in our country and our families are under siege.  My intent is not to depress you, but focus your attention on today’s realities.  […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Fernandez

“As long as we live in this world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving in to lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort-seeking, which destroys love.  Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against whatever separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue.  Then we will be […]

Facing Life’s Challenges

Do We Experience Peace in our Lives? Do you need to slow down and recharge from time to time? I sure know I often do. “They” always said that when the kids are grown and out of college, the pressures of life would ease up. It isn’t true! Thankfully, we never had a really difficult time with our kids and […]