“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton In sitting down this morning to write about this, I hesitated. Such a difficult topic, and yet so… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail
"Prayer is a surge of the heart; It is a simple look toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy" St. Therese of Liseux This week, I was witness to God's mystery momentarily revealed in albeit a delightful surprising way. Ministering to those with Alzheimer's and dementia… Continue reading The Wonder of it All
Today, the advice of a good friend of mine Sr. Marie Paul, a Pauline sister by vocation, echoed in my mind. "If you find yourself at a loss of what to write or how to write what you feel you need to, just write about why you cannot write." Why? First, it gets the flow… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Why I didn’t want to write..but needed to.
Over the last few months, a potential mission opportunity has been occupying a special place in my prayers. Our collaborative, having already made two trips to Haiti for teens with another in February, has decided to embark on an adult trip next July. This mission, though only a week has born great fruit among the… Continue reading Take it All to Prayer
Not just a prettier or more approachable version of confession, the act of reconciling is instead, a richer and more complete description of what transpires in this beautiful sacrament. For, reconciliation means“to walk together again” , to reestablish a close relationship in friendship, peace, and love. Confession is just one part of this sacrament replete with mercy, grace and… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Reconciled
What is a church to be? Is it a place for the faithful who gather on a given Sunday, who come to offer up their private prayers and praise and then go their separate ways? Or rather, is it to be a home, a collective community who together in Christ is much stronger than its… Continue reading Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Have you met Faith, Hope and Charity in your own life? Intended for our youngest readers ages 4-8, Finding Patience is a very endearing introduction to these extraordinary gifts from God. When 8 year old Faith moves with her family to a new home and school, her initial excitement fades as she encounters the daunting… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Finding Patience
Continuing from the previous week , we go deeper to the underlying principles of a life steeped in and committed to mercy.. There are four core principles in the Catholic Church’s social teaching: respect and protection of the dignity of the human person, the pursuit of the common good, the value of solidarity, and subsidiarity—that… Continue reading Catechesis of Mercy 2