Will the Vatican Banking Scandal Change the Way You Give?

For some reason, my parish is a few weeks behind on the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection. We had the envelopes in this pews this weekend and will take up the collection to aid the Pope’s efforts next week. Per the USCCB website: The purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father [Read More...]

#PopeMoving: Pontifical Mission Societies Offer a Practical Giving Opportunity

The world watched and celebrated this week as Pope Francis was installed as our new Holy Father. To mark this momentous occasion and to help the faithful commemorate Pope Francis’ Pontificate, the Pontifical Mission Societies have launched the “Pope Moving” campaign: Our Holy Father has indicated that he wants us to celebrate his inauguration as [Read More...]

Following Papa Francisco’s Lead: 5 Easy Ways to Love the Poor in Honor of His Pontificate

I’ve spent the past few days falling in love with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. As a saint fangirl, I joined many in those first few hours of speculation over “which Francis” our new Pope was honoring with his name selection. While we now know that he took his name for St. Francis of [Read More...]

CFCA: Changing Our World One Friend at a Time

When I look back at and reflect upon my professional objectives for the year 2012, one of the greatest “accomplishments” for which I give thanks is the relationships I’ve built this year. A few stand out in my mind — including my growing friendship with my mentor and editor Elizabeth Scalia here on Patheos (which is [Read More...]

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Friday

The view from my office today: Soggy!

True confessions time: rain depresses me. Actually, “depresses” is not really the right word — but “dampens my spirits” seems too silly to say. Regardless, unlike others in my family who love the lack of Fresno heat and her sun that withers our raisins, when it starts raining I feel like curling up in bed [Read More...]

#FundingFriday — How Your Five Bucks Can Change Our World

Call me an idealist. But I believe that together, we have the opportunity to make our world a better place. I’m tired of hearing complaints about politicians and taxes and bureaucracy. I’m also tired of my own laziness — of the moments when I read something inspirational online, tear up a bit, resolve to “do [Read More...]

Ferns, Flowers, & St. Mother Marianne

I’ll admit to having a “thing” for one of our newly minted Saints, St. “Mother” Marianne Cope. Among the newly canonized, she is likely my “favorite” saint (or at least in a two-way tie with St. Kateri). So I was excited to run across this gift shop offering a few special devotional items being offered [Read More...]


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