Archive for August 2014

Who needs to carry a cross?

Who needs to carry a cross? “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” -Mathews 16:24 In Sunday’s (August 31) Gospel, carrying our cross is a prerequisite to being a follower of Christ.  He said it in His own words.  And though I believe that Jesus... Read more »

Reflecting on Touring Chicago's beautiful churches

Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches was my summer blog project.  My husband and I were able to visit nine parishes.  It was an amazing experience that we  both enjoyed. Most of the parishes we had never been to, or it had been years since we were there last so we were always surprised when we walked... Read more »

Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna of Iraq issues a challenge

Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna of Iraq issues a challenge to all Catholics. Will you spend 30 minutes before the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, August 26 at 11 AM (EST)? (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post... Read more »
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The nine tools I use for prayer

When I found this article Five ways to pray outdoors, it reminded me how much I love to be outside, but it also made me think about the tools I need to enhance my prayer life. Here are the nine tools that I use for prayer: What tools do you use to enhance your prayer life?... Read more »

The world is not a horrible place

The world is not a horrible place, but I can understand why some people might thinks so. The news has been awful lately.  The execution of James Foley and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson fills every newscast 24/7. Matt Walsh tried to answer a thoughtful reader’s inquiry about the state of our world and how... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Pat's

Old St. Pat’s is the ninth church in my series “Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.”  My husband and I haven’t been to this church in nearly 30 years.  We remembered it as dark and green.  What we found was a transformation to a beautiful pastel luminescence. My husband and I attended the 12:10 PM Mass on August... Read more »
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Old St. Patrick’s Church: A Chicago Renaissance Story

Old St. Patrick’s Church: A Chicago Renaissance Story is a new local documentary which will be shown on WTTW, Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 PM (central time). The documentary is the story of the revival of this nearly 170 year old church from an empty building and a declining neighborhood to a centerpiece of worship,... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The National Shrine of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

The eighth church in my series, Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches, is The National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini.  Out of all the churches we’ve been to so far, this shrine was the one that impacted my husband and I the most emotionally as well as spiritually. My husband and I were given a tour... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches:  The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is the seventh church in my series.  My husband and I attended the Sunday morning 8:30 Mass. Let’s begin with what a shrine is: The term shrine signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular pious reason with... Read more »
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