How do we spend that extra time we have? What is the first item on the to-do list to be erased when something comes up during that time? Where are our priorities? Or as Jesus would say it, “where is your treasure?”Read More
This past weekend Pope Francis marked the historic occasion of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. He did so by visiting the shrine in Portugal and canonizing two of the visionaries, Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta.Read More
Pope Francis' Evangelization Intention this month focuses on Africa, "That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace."
Christians in Africa face many challenges and unfortunately many of us in the United States are not aware of these situations. One example is the famine occurring in South Sudan.Read More
May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and Pope Francis is commemorating it by visiting Fatima and canonizing the two younger visionaries. Some Christians see the 100th anniversary as a time when the gates of Hell will be unleashed on humanity, but the central message of Fatima is quite different. In fact, it is very hopeful.Read More
One of the best and most ancient spiritual analogies that describes our life here on earth is the ship sailing towards the harbor of heaven. Saint Thérèse explained that it was one of her favorite analogies:
“[T]he symbol of a ship always delights me and helps me to bear the exile of this life. Does not the Wise Man tell us—”Life is like a ship that passeth through the waves: when it is gone by, the trace thereof cannot be found”? – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul.
This month Pope Francis has asked us to pray, "That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life." Discernment of one's vocation is certainly not easy, and I know from personal experience.Read More
Last month, Pope Francis asked us to pray for persecuted Christians. In light of recent events in Egypt, it is appropriate to renew our prayers for the many Christians throughout the world who are suffering at the hands of those opposed to the Gospel.Read More
After one year since the initial launch of Click to Pray, thousands of users around the world continue to use the innovative app to engage in the spirituality of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network. It is a great tool to deepen a person's spiritual life and one of the many methods of entering into the Way of the Heart.
But what is Click to Pray?Read More
Throughout my life I have memorized a whole litany of prayers, but very few have reached the depths of my heart. Many prayers stay at the surface and sometimes it seems like I am babbling on instead of entering into an authentic state of prayer.
There is one prayer, however, that I discovered and which I believe can help a person transform their life and root out sinful habits.Read More
This past Sunday Pope Francis challenged Catholics (again) to keep a pocket-Bible and return again and again to it throughout the day. He reflected, "What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones?”Read More
Lent is a great season in the Church's calendar to renew our efforts to draw closer to God. It is often suggested to find a good spiritual book to read throughout Lent that will challenge you and deepen your relationship with Jesus.Read More
As January comes to an end, there are many challenges that continue to divide the world and there does not appear to be any firm resolution in the near future. It is a stressful time for the Church, as she seeks to bring consolation and peace to a world at war with each other.
This period of strife that we are experiencing reminds me of the vision of St. John Bosco that he received of the Two Pillars.Read More
As we draw to the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, recently one issue that has united Christians from every denomination has been the protection of human life in all its stages. This opportunity to unite, putting aside our differences, must not go unnoticed and is in accord with Pope Francis' prayer intention this month:Read More
This past Sunday Pope Francis has asked the world to pray for an "urgent" prayer intention. He said, "That in these days of such great cold that we think of all the people living on the streets, affected by the cold and by the indifference of others. We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm the hearts of others to help them."Read More