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...]

Farewell, Pope Benedict!

In the summer of 2002, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and have a shared conversation with Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in Rome. I was on a summer fellowship with a group of college students from across the United States, and we finished our time in Europe by making a whirlwind 3-day trip to Italy. Cardinal Ratzinger was gracious enough to grant us 20 minutes of his time, answering our questions and engaging us in a conversation about how we, as young people, could be … [Read more...]

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

This is so beautiful, I have tears in my eyes.Thank you to Lori at Grace in my Heart for this link. … [Read more...]

Saying No to Fear

MaryAlice’s post inspired me to write a response.  And let me start by saying that I really respect her honesty.  I, too, have struggled greatly after Newtown.  It has caused me to think, and to rethink, about many things.  The toy guns in my house have been in my thoughts, but, more importantly, the reality of my own fear has been very unsettling.My serious battle with fear began over 10 years ago.  The death of my daughter Therese really changed me as a person.  After she died, I saw danger … [Read more...]

Talking about Sandy Hook

So what happened on Friday in Newton Connecticut is really, really heartbreaking.  I tried my typical approach of turning off all news to shield my heart from too much sorrow.  Unfortunately, everywhere I turn people are talking about Newton and the tragedy that happened there.  I stopped looking at Facebook because I thought I might have an anxiety attack on Friday evening.  But then I heard about the massacre at the local food store, from a friend, and again when I went to Church this mor … [Read more...]

Pop Music and Kids

From one of our dear friends:I am growing weary of listening to toddler music in the car.  My daughter will happily listen to classical music at home but not in the car.  She has heard pop music only a couple of times but really seems to love it.Do you allow your children to listen to pop music?If yes, then how to you determine what is or isn't appropriate and how do you enforce this in a consistent way?And if not, then what do your children listen to? How do you shield t … [Read more...]