Sweet Tweets for 8/22/14 – Children of God


I love this week’s lead “sweet tweet” from Pope Francis, which reminds us that we are each “children of God”. What a precious notion – we parents know how much we love and would give our lives for our children. Many of us are sons and daughters of living parents who would do the very [Read More...]

What Is Your Parish Doing to Aid Caregivers?

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A great article ran at OSV this week “Parishes could offer a solution to the problem of a caregiver’s 36-hour days”. The article shares how prevalent the role of caregivers is in today’s society: By one count, the overall total of caregivers in America now stands at more than 65 million, which is around 30 [Read More...]

USCCB Calls for Special Collection For Victims Of Violence In The Middle East

A make-shift shelter protects an IDP family from the elements.On June 5, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq or ISIS and aligned forces began a major offensive in northern Iraq and the Iraqi Government. This conflict led many Iraqis to flee their homes in search of Safety. Caritas Iraq and CRS have been supporting these internally displaced civilians.Photo by Kris Ozar/Catholic Relief Services

If you’ve been watching the nightly news and wondering how in the world you can possibly help amidst the rising tide of violence that seems to be running rampant, mark your calendars for September 6-7. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a special collection [Read More...]

Bethany Hamilton’s Faith SHINES in “Dolphin Tale 2″

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I haven’t seen the film yet, but this little clip featuring superstar surfer Bethany Hamilton makes me so anxious to see the soon-to-be released film Dolphin Tale 2. In this video, Bethany (who lost her arm in a shark attack but remains an awesome inspiration for so many) shares how her personal faith in Christ [Read More...]

Am I a Shepherd Pasturing Myself?


In my prayer time this morning, I was rushed and distracted. As a result, I almost skipped reading today’s first reading from Ezekial 34. I’ll be honest — all too often my daily prayer time, spent partially contemplating the day’s gospel, is simply another “to do” item on my list. But something caused me to [Read More...]

Do My Irish Need an Ethics Lesson from Golfer Cameron Tringale?


The Fighting Irish faithful are again licking our wounds as headlines of a potential cheating scandal make news in advance of the season opener on August 30 at home against Rice. I know that blogging about Notre Dame on a Catholic website is tantamount to opening the floodgates. But because of something I read today, I can’t [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/15/14 — Assumption, Korea, RIP Robin & More


Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as we watch Pope Francis’ historic visit to Korea and pray for the ongoing strife in the Holy Land and Iraq and Syria. Closer to home, many of us grieved this week with the death of Robin Williams. So many needs, such pain, [Read More...]

Of Immaculée Ilibgiza and Forgiving Seventy Seven Times


A few weeks ago, in Schaumburg, Illinois, I was speaking to a group of assembled Catholic bookstore owners and vendors when one of my favorite authors walked into the room. If you’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak in person, you will know that Immaculée Ilibagiza is a strikingly beautiful woman. You’d also probably join [Read More...]

Making Crosses and Counting Blessings

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I’m in a bit of a funk today. Perhaps it’s to be expected. I woke up in my own bed for the first time since the morning of July 6th. And instead of feeling comforted by the sound of my wonderful husband still slumbering nearby, I felt overwhelmed by the massive “to do” list scrambling [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/09/14 – Sharing Our Gifts


Last week, when I was at the Catholic Marketing Network conference, I had the great privilege of signing and giving out the very first galley copies of my new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. The process of writing this book has truly changed the way I perceive the world around [Read More...]