St. Jerome’s Prayer for Christ’s Mercy

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Today, we celebrate the life of St. Jerome, a priest and Doctor of the Church. If you love reading the Bible, you can thank St. Jerome for his lifetime of work spent toiling over sacred scripture. I was happy to discover the following prayer attributed to St. Jerome: A Prayer for Christ’s Mercy O Lord, [Read More...]

Wisdom of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life. St. John Chrysostom image credit [Read more...]

His Word, Pope Francis and the Grace of His Light

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Can I tell you how happy I am that we’re back to the routine of Pope Francis sharing his daily homily from morning Mass in Rome? For me, my days simply go a bit better with his daily teachings on the gospel so readily available. Today’s homily on Luke’s fourth chapter was just the shot [Read More...]

Caught in God’s Net

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God’s goodness, even in light of my personal shortcomings, never ceases to amaze me. This morning, I had some fruitful prayer time with today’s gospel from Matthew 13. I was particularly struck by one portion of Jesus’ teachings to his disciples: The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects [Read More...]

Will You Be Joining Pope Francis in Prayer?

Will you be praying with Pope Francis before the Blessed Sacrament?

I’m looking forward to Sunday, June 2 — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — when we’re all invited to pray with the Holy Father as part of a worldwide initiative. Rome Reports has the story: I haven’t really done the math in my head, but I do believe the initiative in [Read More...]

Forgiveness without Fail

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I wanted to share a quick post and Father Roderick’s video from today’s Angelus, Pope Francis’ visit with all of us globally today to remind us of the theme of God’s unfailing forgiveness for his people. In his video, Father Roderick captures both the sense of love the throngs in St. Peter’s Square have for [Read More...]

Leaving the Evangelism Bubble: How Far Outside Your Comfort Zone Have You Gone?

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I received an intriguing email invitation today. The offer came from a radio program, inviting me to come on their show and to speak with their audience about Lent. The hosts of this show are active in another religion, one which does not traditionally observe the season of Lent. In their note, the hosts told [Read More...]

Can There Possibly Be Joy amidst the Pain?

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Today is a challenge. We crowd into our churches to celebrate the Mass. We light a rose colored candle on this third Sunday of Advent — Gaudete Sunday — and “rejoice” as our hearts journey closer to Christ and the celebration of Christmas. Today is a moment set aside in the midst of Advent to [Read More...]

On Blindness: Anderson Cooper & Me

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Occasionally, a weird thing happens to bloggers. We surround ourselves with words day in a day out, reading them, writing them, critiquing them, envying them. They mount up in our heads, pour out on our keyboards, and are more often than you’d expect deleted in fits of despair. Ask my editor Eileen and she’ll tell [Read More...]

Christmas Cheer: Do You Save It for the Season?

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This morning, I sat watching this video from my friend Father Roderick Vonhögen of SQPN.com and pondering the current — undecorated — state of my home. Honestly, in most years my home would have been decorated for Christmas by now. We typically host my husband’s work Christmas party in early December (it’s actually, of course, [Read More...]


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