How We Can Help with The Plight of Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Today, I am pleased to share my recent email interview conversation with Christine Donnelly, Communications Manager, USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services. I’ve asked Christine to bring us up to date on this humanitarian crisis, what the USCCB is currently doing, and how we — as Catholic families — might respond to the situation with prayer [Read More...]

Women and Children: Pastoral and Material Assistance to Mothers, Single and Married


Look at the blog post title above and you’ll see a weighty topic broached. Perhaps indeed too weighty for this blogger’s limited theological and sociological capacities. But when my editor Elizabeth Scalia invited all of the members of the Patheos Catholic Channel to be a part of a special Symposium to anticipate the Extraordinary Bishop’s Synod [Read More...]

A Prayer for Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Two weeks ago, I was preparing to give a weekend retreat in San Diego. As I tracked the wildfires that were shutting down traffic along my route past Camp Pendleton, I pondered all of the men and women who have so bravely served in that place and in so many others around the world. As [Read More...]

“Irreplaceable” Looks at “Family” in Today’s World


Tomorrow night, in 700+ theaters around the country,  the question “What is family?” will be addressed head on with a nationwide screening of the film “Irreplaceable”. I haven’t yet seen the full film, but the portions that I have watched encourage me that this is an opportunity to discuss an ever-evolving issue in our society. The [Read More...]

Personalities: What’s Yours and Does It Matter for Catholics?


A good friend — who shall go nameless unless he/she outs him/herself in the combox — invited me to take a personality test last week. Since I was on vacation and my guys were still sleeping, I avoided the “I’m too busy” temptation and took the simple fifteen minute test. The results were interesting, and [Read More...]

Consistory for the Family: Facing the Realities of “Family”


Coming from the Vatican today, we have an overview of the opening moments of this week’s extraordinary consistory for the family. The day began with an opening address from Pope Francis: Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of [Read More...]

Tender Mom Moment – A Slow Air for Monday

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Because its Monday, because that game yesterday wasn’t so super, because I’m in a bit of a mental funk today, and because it’s played by one of my favorite musicians, here is a lovely slow air to share with you today. The artist is obviously my son Adam, but he’s playing an instrument that he’s [Read More...]

I Want You to Know

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New out in advance of the Walk for Life West Coast, a brief but compelling video that gives the viewer a look at the range of emotions confronted by post abortive women: Click through to read the accompanying statistics. [Read more...]

Note to Self: Call Grandma & Thank Pope Francis

The Saints were not superhuman.  They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

Need a little kick in the pants today to remember that old adage, “Charity begins at home”? Then read today’s first reading from 2 Maccabees and then watch the video summary of Pope Francis’ homily today: In typically eloquent yet understandable fashion, our Holy Father reminds us of the importance of treating our elderly loved [Read More...]

Small Success Thursday: Little Is OK

Small Success Thursday

How is it already Thursday? It’s tempting to populate this week’s Small Success Thursday post (run in conjunction with some other amazing small succeeders at with a bunch of whining about what I didn’t get done. By this point in the week, I was supposed to have the better part of Chapter Two of [Read More...]