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Is Holiness Weird?

“Holiness requires a counter-cultural life.” This weekend we celebrate one of my favorite feast days: All Saints Day. I love thinking of the giant party that is happening in heaven as we celebrate the feast days of all those people who are not formally canonized by the Church. Remember, a saint is simply someone in heaven. Every person ever created […]

The Power of the Morning Offering

“We place it in His hands – no matter what comes.” Sometimes we make prayer more complicated than it needs to be. A few days ago, I finished my cup of coffee and my brief morning time of prayer by kind of muttering under my breath, “I don’t know about this day, God. So it’s yours.” It wasn’t a traditional […]

Citizens of Earth and Heaven

 “There’s an acute tension in the life of a Catholic that comes into focus this time of year.” In some ways, the Gospel reading this Sunday couldn’t come at a better time. Here in the United States, some pastors probably cringed when they opened up the lectionary, realizing it would be hard to duck at that pitch. In a sense, […]

Offering Spiritual Sacrifice

“As priests, we are united to Christ and His sacrifice in the offering we make of ourselves and our daily lives.” This Sunday’s second reading is a continuation of the trek through 1 Peter that we began after Easter. This week, we are reminded of our baptismal calling to be his witnesses as priests, prophets, and kings. Peter’s audience, many […]

Be salty.

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“We have the responsibility to bring Christ into the world.“ This Sunday’s Gospel has one of my favorite images for our vocation as laity: “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt.  It’s a powerful image for us.  What are a few grains of salt?  They’re so miniscule, they’ve become an image for smallness and insignificance: “She took it with […]

The Church needs Tentmakers

“As a tentmaker, you have a unique role to play in the Church – that of evangelist, of disciple, in the nitty gritty of life, in the ‘temporal order.’” In his memoir, A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken details his conversion to Christianity, a journey in which the writings of C.S. Lewis played a part. After readings the works of Lewis, […]

Preaching: A Woman’s Perspective

“As laity, we have an active duty to work for the Church, in the Church, in a specific way.” For those of you who read these Friday posts frequently, you know that I often reflect on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Scripture is inexhaustible, and we can go back again and again to the same passages to pull out additional […]

After the Convocation

I had the honor last weekend to attend the National Convocation of Catholic Leaders, an unprecedented gathering of diocesan, parish, apostolate, and institutional leaders from around the United States. The Bishops had been planning the convocation for years. Frankly, anticipation would have been high for me… if I had known what to expect. But I’m not sure anyone knew what […]

Four Starting Points for a Well-Formed Laity

In my last post, I was little strong about the need for a well-formed laity. It’s no secret that we have suffered for years from a lack of solid catechesis in most communities and the effects only increase – exponentially—as the years pass. Much ink has been spilled on what we can do as a Church to remedy the problem. We […]

What the Church (and world) needs from you

Graduation season is upon us, when everyone from Ph.D. candidates to preschoolers don gowns and caps to accept accolades and degrees for their hard work.  For some of these graduates, their work as students is finished. As humans, the quest for knowledge must never have a conclusion. Sadly, for many Catholics, their completion of Catholic high school or their reception […]