Are You Going to Philly? All Your Friends Will Be There!

World Meeting of Families

On September 22-27, 2015, Philadelphia will welcome the 8th World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw a global audience. The event was announced during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, but it's anticipated that Pope Francis will attend.  This, the Pope's first visit to the United States, will be a momentous event indeed!In June 2012, the 7th World Meeting, held in Milan, Italy, drew hundreds of thousands to the city with more than one million attending the Holy Father’s Mass.  I'm … [Read more...]

Creative Easter Baskets for Catholic Kiddies

Easter Basket

Easter's coming!  And as much as children love the jelly beans and the chocolate bunny and the marshmallow eggs, there are lots of moms and dads who want to inject some faith into the Easter basket.When our children were small, we were sometimes successful in finding white chocolate crosses or tiny rosaries in plastic egg cases to press into the plastic grass in their baskets.I have some other ideas, though, for dedicated Catholic parents who want to be sure that Easter Day is both (a) … [Read more...]

Everyday Wisdom from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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+ JMJ + This Lent, I've been spending a little time each day with Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  Things just sort of came together:  First, a medical board completed their review of an alleged miracle, calling it "unexplainable", and forwarded to theologians and the Pope for a final decision.  If approved, the miracle would advance Archbishop Sheen's cause, moving one of America's best-known and loved teachers and preachers along the road toward canonization.Then, I was fingering books in my … [Read more...]