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...]

Of Bryce: Personalizing the Headlines–Top Catholic Tweets for the Week of 2/21/15

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On Thursday night, I had a brief interaction, lasting approximately three hours, that will substantially change the way I read news headlines in the future. I was flying home from Atlanta (from a very cool project that I’ll be sharing here soon). Seated next to me (in the unfortunate “middle seat” position) was a very [Read More...]

Yes to Lent: “Your Yes for 2015″ February Check In


Welcome to the February check-in for our “Your Yes for 2015″ Adventure. If you’re joining us today for the first time, find the index of all of the days here. Yes, I know, today is February 17th. That means I’m officially two days late for our promised check-in and reminder to prayerfully assess “Your Yes [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...]

@CatholicHawaii: Love and Lent–Top Catholic Tweets for the Week of 02/13/15

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If you’re watching me on social media, you probably already know that I’m in Waikiki this week. As I type this, I’m watching three whales breaching while countless surfers bob nearby on longboards. My “office” this week overlooks the beautiful ocean. I’m getting in a few hours of “work” each day while my husband Greg [Read More...]

3 Gifts Your Catholic Valentine Would Prefer More Than Roses

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I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of what “Valentine’s Day” has become in recent years. Those of us blessed to be in marriages would probably agree that the need to make a big deal out of the love we should be expressing every day feels forced and challenging. But a good thing about [Read More...]

“Catholic Moments” with Fr. Robert Reed and Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

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I’m happy to share the recording of this week’s episode of the all new “Catholic Moments”, which is now airing as a bi-weekly radio program on Radio Maria USA. In our very first show, we were honored to feature the work of two special friends of mine, Fr. Robert Reed and Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Listen: [Read More...]

“Catholic Moments” Returns to the Airwaves on Radio Maria USA

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I’m happy to invite you today to my first episode of the brand new version of “Catholic Moments”, which will be airing live (and available soon for download) on Radio Maria. I know you’ll love hearing from today’s special guests who are both good friends of mine! Tune Tune in at to join us [Read More...]

I Got Married Today: #NationalMarriageWeek

Lisa and Greg

This Sunday started like any other one… but the fact that I was home for Mass at my parish for the first time in over a month was cause for a mini celebration. And I don’t say that lightly! I’m in love with my parish, my pastor is amazing, and very few things in life [Read More...]

#CRS Media Storify: Catch a Recap of our Mission to Tanzania

How could you not fall in love with these faces?

I’d say that today, a full week later, my body has finally realized that it’s no longer in Eastern Africa. Unfortunately, I think I left a piece of my heart their permanently with the amazing people we met! But as we’ve learned so often, the heart has an amazing capacity to grow. Looking at the [Read More...]