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Keeping Our Eyes Fixed

Keeping Our Eyes Fixed

A Lesson in Prayer from St. Teresa of Avila

comments | Posted Oct 15, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

O Lord, how true that all harm comes to us from not keeping our eyes fixed on You. . . . We meet with a thousand falls and obstacles and lose the way because we don’t keep our eyes . . . on the true way. (The Way of Perfection, 16.11) Continue »


Making Your “Better Half” Your Best Friend

In the movie “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye asks his wife, Golde, “Do you love me?” She responds by listing some of the everyday services she performs for him. Continue »


Praying to the Rhythm of the Rosary

Praying to the Rhythm of the Rosary

Dwelling on the mysteries of the rosary is a powerful way for the Spirit to penetrate beyond the surface of our lives and lift us up to heaven.

comments | Posted Oct 07, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

What do you suppose would happen if someone were to mention the title of your favorite song? Wouldn’t you, almost unconsciously, begin hearing the tune in your mind? Maybe you’d even start tapping your toes to the rhythm and humming along with the music. Continue »


Calming the Inner Storm

Calming the Inner Storm

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Path to Peace

comments | Posted Oct 01, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly known as the Little Flower, died in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Had she lived to be ninety, as two of her blood sisters did, she would have died in 1963. Continue »


Hidden Messengers, Heavenly Guardians, Spiritual Companions

Hidden Messengers, Heavenly Guardians, Spiritual Companions

Angels are very real—and very active, both in the heavens and on the earth

comments | Posted Sep 29, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

We humans are an interesting breed. Blessed as we are with a natural curiosity, we have plumbed the depths of the earth and sent satellites millions of miles into space. Continue »


Pope Francis Offers Encouragement for Those Who Are Married

In the following selections from his general audiences and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »


Blaze a Trail

Blaze a Trail

I caught the missionary zeal of Pope Francis.

comments | Posted Sep 25, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

Pope Francis’ message at the canonization of Junípero Serra was clear: go forward and proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Continue »


Praying for Our Adult Sons and Daughters

Praying for Our Adult Sons and Daughters

Offer up your children to God and let Jesus do the “heavy lifting.”

comments | Posted Sep 25, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

It is never too early or too late to seek God’s wisdom about a [adult] son’s or daughter’s difficulties or needs. Continue »


“The Most Important Thing Is To Love”

“The Most Important Thing Is To Love”

The Witness of Dorothy Day

comments | Posted Sep 24, 2015 | Filed in Saints & Christian Heroes

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis spoke of Dorothy Day as an example of someone dedicated to “social justice and the rights of persons.” Here, from our archives, is an article from 1999 that gives a sketch of her life and speaks of her relationship with the Lord. Continue »


Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States

Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »


Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Pope Francis Speaks to Families

Words of Joy and Life

comments | Posted Sep 23, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

The following selections draw upon the rich vein of wisdom the pope has offered—in his writings and homilies—to the modern family, including those engaged to be married, husbands and wives, parents, grandparents, young people, and children. Continue »


The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

Knowing the Gospels Better Opens the Way to Prayer

comments | Posted Sep 21, 2015 | Filed in Prayer

Years ago I was privileged to be part of an excavation team working on a site in Israel along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Continue »


The Triumphant Message of the Cross

The Triumphant Message of the Cross

What Jesus’ victory means for each and every one of us.

comments | Posted Sep 14, 2015 | Filed in Personal Spirituality

I was born on September 14, the Feast of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Cross. Perhaps this is what drew me to reflect on the cross from an early age. Continue »


Prayers to Calm the Soul and Strengthen the Spirit

Life on this earth has always been stressful. Threats to our survival and well-being, whether from the natural world or from what we may perceive as dangerous, have been part of every age. Continue »


Back-to-School Virtues

Back-to-School Virtues

Helping Your Child Succeed in Class and in Life

comments | Posted Sep 08, 2015 | Filed in Marriage & Family

As the new school year begins, parenting magazines, chat rooms, and talk shows come alive with suggestions for success in the schoolroom. There’s enthusiasm, and often good advice, for parent-teacher teamwork, helping kids learn, believing in your child’s potential, and making this “the best school year ever.” Continue »


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