Courage Lessons from St. Maria Goretti and the Woman Suffering Hemorrhages


Today we remember the short but poignant life of St. Maria Goretti, a martyr for the faith. The gospel we pray from Matthew 9 brings us another brave woman who has suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years: A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She [Read More...]

Seeing and Believing: Recognizing Christ amid Social Inequalities

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Today’s gospel for the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle, always hits me across the head like a two by four. In my personal reading of the near climax of John’s gospel, I envision myself as Thomas. My friends have had the good fortune of seeing the risen Christ. I’m Thomas, probably off doing something very [Read More...]

3 Reasons that My Anger Could be Sending Me to Hell

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St. Catherine of Siena said, “There is no sin or wrong that gives a man a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience.” Here are three reasons that my anger might be sending me to hell. [Read more...]

Where I’ve Been: When a Writer Writes


Although none of you have asked for it, I feel I owe an explanation to any readers of this blog to explain my sporadic presence here of late. I’m “writing”. I don’t know if you have any “writers” in your life, but perhaps you recognize some of the traits of this strange breed: We ponder, [Read More...]

It’s Not about Green Beer: Celebrating the TRUE Spirit of St. Patrick

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Although I haven’t set foot outside my own home today, I know the rest of the world is draped in kelly green. Like Christmas, the annual celebration of St. Patrick’s day seems to start earlier each year. There’s one person in my life, not a person of faith, who faithfully replaces their Valentine’s day pink [Read More...]

Jean Heimann: Seven Saints for Seven Virtues

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In March of this year, I had the great blessing to spend a good amount of time with an advance copy of the beautiful book Seven Saints for Seven Virtues by Jean Heimann. Jean’s publisher had invited me to pen the book’s foreword. Honestly, for me this task of writing something to compliment an author’s [Read More...]

How I’ve Been “Renewed” by the Work of Father Robert Reed

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I’m a huge fan of the work being done by Father Robert Reed, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and the president of the CatholicTV Network. Father Reed is wildly gifted at using the tools of the New Evangelization to win hearts and souls for Jesus and the Church. But more importantly, he [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...]

St. Charles Borromeo: “The Grace of Yes” in Action

It’s very funny how work on “The Grace of Yes” has helped me to see the world through different eyes. I’m always on the lookout for “The Grace of Yes in Action”. I spotted it today in the life of St. Charles Borromeo. As we read in Pictorial Lives of the Saints (emphasis mine): About [Read More...]

Virtual Pilgrimage to Carmel of Lisieux for Therese’s Feast

To celebrate St. Therese today, take a “virtual pilgrimage” to the Carmel of Lisieux. From the e-newsletter of Maureen O’Riordan: The Carmelites of Lisieux and the Association of the Friends of St. Therese and of her Carmel have produced in English, on the Carmel’s community Web site, half a dozen short films (two to four [Read More...]