40 Days for Life: Day 13 – 135 Babies Saved

I’d intended to provide more regular updates on the amazing 40 Days for Life campaign but somehow we’re already on Day 13. 40 Days for Life is a pro-life campaign working to end abortion through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils outside abortion centers, and community outreach. I’m registered to receive their daily emails, so I’ve [Read More...]

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University of Notre Dame’s “Fighting for Our Children’s Future” National Bus Tour Kicks Off

Good news for Catholic Schools from my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Starting Thursday, the university’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is launching the Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour. On Thursday, October 3rd, ACE will be co-hosting an important conversation about faith-based schools and American cities. U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spelling, Dallas Mayor [Read More...]

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Attend the Premiere of “Mary of Nazareth” with the Film’s Star (and me!)

A few weeks ago, I shared with you about the beautiful movie “Mary of Nazareth”. Today, I’m thrilled to invite you to join me at the film’s Premiere on Friday, October 11th at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon Theater. Here’s the basic information from the Premiere website: Join us for the premiere of Mary of Nazareth on Friday, [Read More...]

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Beautiful Handmade Scapulars Crafted by Sisters

Have you wanted to learn more about the sacramental called the “scapular” or even to wear one as a form of prayer? I recently came across these lovely handmade scapulars, crafted by the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Savior. A brief overview of the scapular at About.com/Catholicism explains: In its original form, [Read More...]

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40 Days to End Abortion and Change Your Life

I’m late to the party sharing this item — I’ve been busy the past few days getting my youngest son off to college. More on that later, but for now I want to bring you up to speed on a few news items that have occurred this week. First off: 40 Days for Life Many [Read More...]

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Gearing up for a 33 Day Rosary Challenge

Last week, I received an email from my friend David Calvillo, author of the book Real Men Pray the Rosary. David’s email held an invitation to join him and others around the world in an initiative they are calling the “33 Day Rosary Challenge“. Here are some of the basics: Pray the Rosary daily. Not [Read More...]

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Catholic Writers Retreat: Renew Your Spirit, Refine Your Gifts

I remember the first time I attended a Catholic writers conference. The event was being held at Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California — a one day opportunity to learn from, to worship and to network with other Catholic writers. I recall Greg and the boys dropping me off at the college and pulling away. [Read More...]

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We Cannot Sleep Peacefully…

In perhaps ironic fashion, the text woke me from a deep sleep at 2:01 am the morning of August 17th: We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger and the elderly are without medical assistance. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) August 17, 2013 It was Pope Francis, tweeting again in the middle of the [Read More...]

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Help New Evangelizers Keep Evangelizing!

If you’ve spent any time online in Catholic circles, you likely know Greg and Jennifer Willits of Rosary Army, The Catholics Next Door and New Evangelizers. When I ponder the “New Evangelization”, Greg and Jennifer are among the first faces who pop into my head. That’s likely because they were my first real “taste” of [Read More...]

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Los Gatos Canyon Air Disaster Victims Finally Honored & Remembered by Name

Perhaps you remember hearing the Woody Guthrie song “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos“. In fitting style, it recounts the stories of twenty eight migrant workers who perished in a plane crash and were anonymously buried. All too late — but finally — these lost souls will be remembered by name with a historic re-dedication and [Read More...]

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