Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness: Martha, Mary and Me


Here’s what I’m thinking: There’s way too much “Mary” in the mix at my house, and it’s time to start factoring in a little “Martha.”I’ve been spending a lot of time writing and reading and thinking.There’s some doing that needs to get done.I know that Jesus likes me to spend time with Him in contemplation.  I’m pretty sure He also likes it, though, when I fulfill my obligations to others:  to my husband (with a warm dinner), to my neighbors (with a weed-free garden), to the wider … [Read more...]

Tennis Star, Not Ashamed of Jesus, Is Also Not Ashamed to Drop Her Clothes

tennis star - not afraid of Jesus

In 2011 Agnieszka Radwanska, Polish tennis star who is ranked fourth in the world, served as ambassador for a Catholic youth group’s campaign, “I’m not ashamed of Jesus.”  In a video produced by the group Agnieszka posed on the tennis court with the name of Jesus (“Jezus”) written in tennis balls.Two years later, the star posed again—this time for Wprost, one of Poland’s most popular news magazines—sitting poolside surrounded by tennis balls.  This time, though, something was missing:  … [Read more...]

Two Catholic Institutions Sustain Major Damage in Weekend Storms

Ursuline College - tornado damage

Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, Maryland) and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio) both sustained major damage this weekend:  One from a fire, the other from a tornado. *     *     *     * At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, a Friday evening lightning strike ignited a fire which damaged the historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  A student reported the lightning strike and subsequent fire, which was largely confined to the chapel’s bell tower.The Chapel of the Imm … [Read more...]