In Every Ending, There’s a New Beginning: A Story Inspired by 9/11

(The following post was originally written in 2008. An update appears at the end of the story.) Within a few weeks of her birth in 1990, Shannon Hickey was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease. Doctors predicted she wouldn’t live past the age of two. Shannon’s mother Kelly found support in family friend Father Mychal [Read More…]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Humility, Part Two

In Father Jonathan Morris’s last reflection on humility, he said that we should look at this virtue as “a recognition of who we are in relationship to God and others.” He also pointed out that humility is a grace, a gift from God. This week, Father Jonathan offers advice on how we can prepare ourselves [Read More…]

Blessed Mother Teresa’s Advice on ‘Securing Heaven’

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who dedicated her life to serving Christ by ministering to the poorest of the poor, shared the following advice in her book “No Greater Love”: “One thing will always secure heaven for us: the acts of charity and kindness with which we have filled our lives. We will never know [Read More…]

How Jennifer Fulwiler Found God, Joy, & an Intellectual All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Most people don’t confront their own mortality until they’re in their 30s or 40s. For Jennifer Fulwiler, it happened at age 11 – and it seriously unnerved her for many years, especially because she wasn’t raised to believe in God or an afterlife. The incident that set off Jennifer’s crisis occurred during a fossil-finding trip [Read More…]