The Feast of the Holy Innocents: Remembering Newtown, Connecticut

“The peace of Bethlehem was shattered by the cries of the slaughtered children and the weeping of their mothers.  The peace of the world was shattered by the single cry from the cross.  Yet through that death and mourning, peace was reborn, indestructible now, in the Resurrection of the slain Christ.” – from today’s Magnificat magazine... Read more »

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and My Mother's Birthday

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It also would have been my mother’s ninety-second birthday had she lived.  The irony of that is not wasted on me. Most people mourn the death of their mother.  I always find it fascinating when I hear someone talk about their deceased mother.  They remember... Read more »

A Voice of One Crying Out in the Desert: Prepare the Way of the Lord

Can you hear John the Baptist calling out to us?  Are you preparing the way of the Lord this Advent? Today we light the second candle of Advent.  Can you believe Christmas is only two weeks away? I’m finished with my shopping and some of my house cleaning, so I’m trying to slow things down.... Read more »

The Feast of St. Nicholas

If you have little ones still had home, did you have them put their shoes out this morning so St. Nicholas could put candy in them?  My kids used to put out their Christmas stockings.  And, since we have a “Nicholas,” it’s been a long running tradition in our family. Most of us know that... Read more »

What Do You Buy a Catholic for Christmas?

What do you buy a Catholic for Christmas?   And if you, as the gift-giver, are not Catholic, where do you even begin? Probably the most amazing gift I ever received, was an elegant Waterford Crystal rosary that my BFF (of more than forty years) gave me a few years ago.  She is not Catholic... Read more »

If You Wish to be Perfect

If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me. – Matthew 19:21 Well, I don’t want to be THAT perfect, and our Lord was not talking about following Him on Twitter, either.  *Sigh* But seriously, I know... Read more »

An Immigrant's Story

God our Father, who called Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini from Italy to serve the immigrants of America, by her example, teach us to have concern for the stranger, the sick, and all those in need, and by her prayers help us to see Christ in all the men and women we meet. Through our Lord... Read more »

Will the Catholic Church be Unified?

In October of 1623, Josaphat’s enemies condemned him to Leo Sapieha, a Catholic and chancellor of Lithuania.  Due to their influence, Leo charged Josaphat with resorting to violence on behalf of union with Rome. This was Josaphat’s response: God witnesses to my character.  He sees into my heart and knows the purpose of my actions.... Read more »

A Prayer for Our Presidential and National Elections

O God, we acknowledge You today as Lord, Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments. We thank You for the privilege Of being able to organize ourselves politically And of knowing that political loyalty Does not have to mean disloyalty to You. We thank You for Your law, Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged... Read more »

Do You Really Know What the HHS Contraceptive Mandate is About?

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And even if you think you do, Emily Hardman and Ashley McGuire are going to explain it to you.  You’re about to learn a lot!