Church Ladies Unite!

By Anne Carraux     Christ-Centered Service Requires Less of Us, More of Him   It feels so good to get praise! As a self-professed Church Lady, I hear today’s Gospel and realize [...]

Paddling Upstream in the Christian Life

By Kathleen Billings   For the past twelve years my family and I have lived in charming little town about 1 hour west of downtown Chicago.  Nearly every day we drive on a bridge that crosses [...]

A Fool for Christ

By Jill Mraz            1 Cor 4:9-13 …we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike. We are fools on Christ’s account…   Easter fell on All [...]

Be Filled with the Spirit of the Lord!

By Karen Schwaner Sheehy   Last month, I joined my mother, sisters-in-law, and niece for a three-day trip to New York. Our “girl time” included a trip to the Met, Rockefeller Center, and the [...]

Called to Lead, not Abandon

    By Sharon Wilson Our posts for the Sunday ‘From the Vine’ are meant to be inspirational and give you time to reflect on a Sunday a little bit deeper.  In general they are happy [...]

An Important Question

By Debby Giusti In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus ask his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” A similar question was posed to me years ago when I was a young military wife. “Who is Jesus to [...]


By Deborah Kendrick   Today we read in Mark’s Gospel the miraculous account of Jesus healing a man who was unable to hear and impaired in his speech.  Drawing him away from the crowd, Jesus [...]

Every Perfect Gift

By Angie Koenig    For the last several years, I have sat around wishing I could get to daily Mass, but I spent more time coming up with excuses than an actual plan to get there.  Then one [...]


By Kathleen Billings   I have been a gardener for most of my life.  As a young child, I would help my mother plant, water and weed our large family garden.  We grew an array of fruits and [...]

Ode to a Day

By Alyssa Bormes     I like to know what a mind looks like. For example, one friend told me he thinks in rock lyrics, another friend said her mind is all rows, columns, and checklists. [...]