The Pope on Sports


Pope Francis recently shared some beautiful thoughts on sports. Red alludes to this often...the great life lessons that we and our children can learn though sports. "Enter into the game with others and with God; do not be satisfied with a mediocre 'draw,' but instead give the best of yourself, spend your life for what it is really worth and for what will last for ever." Teamwork, discipline, effort, inclusiveness. As someone who grew up an athlete and also helped with Special Olympics, the … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

President Ronald Reagan Memorial Procession

On this Memorial Day, I am particularly thankful for all of the men and women who have served (and continue to serve) our country in the armed forces, for their families and the sacrifices that they make, and especially for all of those who have sacrificed their lives so that we might enjoy the benefits of living in a free and democratic society. May God bless all of the members of our armed forces and their families, and may God continue to bless and guide the United States of America.A … [Read more...]

“God’s Double Agent” Book Review

Recently, the editors of Patheos offered us the opportunity to read and review Bob Fu and Nancy French's new book entitled "God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom." I gladly accepted, as I have been interested in the topic of religious persecution across the globe for quite some time now. As I finished the book, I came away with one dominant thought: Every American needs to read this book.Despite recent attacks on religious freedom in the United States, … [Read more...]

Day of Fasting and Prayer for Syria


Pope Francis has announced for the whole church a day of fasting and prayer on 9/7 to prevent war in Syria.Excerpt from His Holiness's address:To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7  September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Welcomes Family with Anencephalic Baby

My heart is pounding and I am smiling ear to ear as I have just finished reading this article. Pope Francis, during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, welcomed a baby with anencephaly and her family during the offertory procession, giving all of them a blessing. Although most babies with anencephaly do not survive more than a few minutes following birth, this sweet baby girl has defied the odds and is still alive. Pope Francis met this child's parents outside of a cathedral … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Throwing Away Food is Like Stealing from the Poor

In his weekly message at the beginning of June, Pope Francis urged all Catholics to think twice before wasting food. In his own words, "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and hungry" (quote found here). Compared to our grandparents, who lived through the scarcity of the Depression and the World Wars, Pope Francis noted that we are so accustomed to having plenty that we have become used to "wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value." Like his … [Read more...]

Pray for the Supreme Court this Morning

Friends, the Supreme Court will be announcing its ruling this morning at 10 a.m. on two cases related to the definition and purpose marriage. The first of these cases involves DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 1996 after Congress had passed it with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. The second case deals with California's Proposition 8, a 2008 state constitutional amendment in which the citizens of California voted to define marriage as the union … [Read more...]

Hookups and iPhones

Donna Frietas' book, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Sexual Intimacy, is getting a lot of attention in the mainstream media. In the book, Ms. Frietas analyzes surveys of 2,500 students from 11 campuses to discover that hookups (defined as "fast, uncaring, unthinking, and perfunctory sex") are perceived as the only romantic option on campuses, even though many of the students interviewed wished it were otherwise. For ex … [Read more...]

Prayers for Boston


On behalf of all of the Builders, I want to say that our fervent prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families in Boston, MA, in the wake of the horrific marathon bombings yesterday. It is amazing how one person (or perhaps a couple of people) can cause such terror and destruction, all in the blink of an eye, and how life is changed forever for so many. Countless stories of heroism are already being told and in the weeks ahead, as people try to piece their lives back together, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Our Call to Service

Like many of you, I have been watching the news with excitement, waiting to see the white smoke and hear the words Habemus Papam!Yesterday was a day of great joy for so many of us.  It was a great day to be a Catholic.  Perhaps I am becoming a sappy old mother, but I cried the moment I saw Pope Francis and again when he humbly bowed his head in silence and asked for our prayers.By all accounts, Pope Francis seems to be a man of service, a man of action, and I love that.  Our Church is a c … [Read more...]