Cardinal Dolan Answers “What Is Lent?”

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Catholic Relief Services and the CRS Rice Bowl program have created a compelling Lenten video series that asks “What is Lent?”. For the next eight days, I am going to share each of the videos here at the blog. I hope you’ll join me in this brief retreat. I believe you’ll find, as I have, [Read More...]

Come “Hangout” with Us Today to Chat #Lent and Rice Bowl!

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Today’s the day! Be sure to join us at noon ET/9:00 am Pacific at the Google Hangout page to participate. I can’t wait to chat with my friends about our preparations for Lent and how CRS Rice Bowl will be a big part of my family’s Lenten almsgiving this year. Celebrating it’s 40th year, Catholic [Read More...]

A Peek at My Prayer Corner: What I’m Reading in January, 2015

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I recently had the great chance to be interviewed by Patheos’ own Thomas MacDonald for his very cool “How I Pray” feature. If you haven’t checked out Tom’s interviewees (including Elizabeth Scalia), be sure to check here for some inspiration. The interview left me thinking about how I’d like to be more organized about my [Read More...]

Sharing My Prayer of Thanksgiving

Frequent blog readers will know that I love my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. I was recently invited to pen a “Prayer of Thanksgiving” to be shared on the University’s FaithND website. The “prayercards” section of the site includes many beautiful prayers that you can send via a variety of formats. This week, [Read More...]

The Generosity of a Widow, The Courage of 10,000+ Martyrs

I love it when God grants me an especially fruitful prayer time on a busy Monday morning. In my world these days, a 24/7 workweek sometimes renders “Monday” insignificant. But this morning, my “office” actually has a desk and is in California! And today’s “to do” list has me digging myself out of a huge [Read More...]

Why You Should Buy Me a Cow for Christmas!

I’m constantly amazed by how well our friends at Catholic Relief Services help and support us in our quest to live out the true meaning of the liturgical calendar. As we advance through November toward the season of Advent, now is the time to begin planning how we will prepare for our commemoration of Christ’s [Read More...]

Fr. Barron Offers Free Daily Bilingual Advent Reflections

This is great news for all of us: Each day, from November 30 until Christmas Eve (December 24), Fr. Barron will email a short reflection on an Advent theme, in either English or Spanish (your choice!). In addition, subscribers receive exclusive videos not found anywhere else, special discount codes for new products, and several giveaways throughout Advent including DVDs, CDs, signed books, and [Read More...]

On the Nativity of St. John the Baptist: JtB & Me

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Nativity of the St. John the Baptist. In his homily for today, Pope Francis pointed us to St. John the Baptist (or as I always call him in my head “JtB”) as a fitting role model for us in our daily walk as Christians: At the Vatican website, we [Read More...]

On Lap Swimming and Spiritual Perfection

So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Perfect? Really, Lord? Me? Couldn’t I just be “kinda perfect” or “trying my best to be perfect”?! These were some of the thoughts ringing in my head this morning as I prayed my way through today’s gospel. As often as I’ve read Matthew [Read More...]

Church to Welcome Thousands

From the USCCB:   Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter   Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the Church Galveston-Houston welcomes over 2,000 people Easter Vigil rites will be held in English, Chinese, other languages in some communities   April 10, 2014   WASHINGTON–A widow honoring his late wife [Read More...]


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