Why One Syrian Pastor Stays

Religion Today has an amazing post online, quoting a pastor from Syria who expresses why he stays amidst the threat of violence: I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless… They advise me to leave my country … to emigrate. I respond saying: I’m staying … for the church of Jesus … [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/30/13 — God is Pure Mercy

In a week that has been filled with challenging news and leading up to a long weekend, I hope you’ll enjoy taking some extra moments today for a roundup of all that’s gone on in the past seven days. I find myself continually grateful for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who never ceases to amaze [Read More...]

Chaldean Patriarch Calls Potential US Syrian Military Intervention a “Disaster”

From News.va: Baghdad – The US-led military intervention against Syria would be “a disaster. It would be like a volcano erupting with an explosion meant to destroy Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine. And maybe someone wants this”. This is what the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I Sako expressed to Fides Agency with regards [Read More...]

Raising Our Voices for Peace in Syria

Last night, our family sat comfortably in the living room, eating takeout pizza and rewatching Hotel Rwanda. Our Adam, now an 18 year old, remarked on how the devastation had occurred shortly before his September, 1994 birth. I had to admit to Adam that during those bloody days between April and July of 1994, I [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/23/13 — Pope Francis’ “Program for Life”

Did your week pass by in a flurry of back to school, end of summer, cross things off the list busyness? Then you’ll want to take five minutes to explore all that happened with this week’s Sweet Tweets. They contain the sad, the challenging, the uplifting and the informative! Thanks to John Clem, the Director and Media Minister [Read More...]

Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st -Century Opponents

Coming up soon on my “to-read” list is the new book by noted radio host and author Al Kresta. But I didn’t want to wait to share with you Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents, so below you’ll find the press release for the book. I will say that Al Kresta is consistently a [Read More...]

Joining Pope Francis in Praying for Peace in Egypt

Out from the Vatican website today is another reminder of Pope Francis’ call for all of us to be praying for peace in Egypt. Included in this article is a press release (translated into English) from  the Office Of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II: The Coptic orthodox church of Egypt is following closely the unfortunate incidences [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 8/16/13 — The Way that Leads to Heaven

How is it already Friday? In my personal life this week, I had a wonderful retreat with our parish staff on Wednesday and then a “mini-retreat” with yesterday’s celebration and Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The web was overflowing with goodness too, with much to take in and [Read More...]

Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Provides a Spiritual Boost

Can you take another “feel good” sports story today? I hope so! Please take a few moments and watch this Catholic News Service video on the wonderful partnership between the Pittsburgh Steelers football organization and St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. In the piece, you’ll hear two priests speak to the role that the campus [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Footballers: Don’t Neglect Generosity, Camaraderie & Beauty

New out this morning at News.va is an outstanding article on Pope Francis’ meeting this morning with members of the Italian and Argentinian national football squads. Definitely click through and read the full version of the article, which includes the Holy Father’s remarks in their entirety. Coaches at any level would do well to share this [Read More...]


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