Increase Our Faith

By Anni Harry   Have you ever heard the advice: don’t pray for patience because then the Lord will give you opportunities to build your patience? Today’s Gospel reading starts off in the [...]

The Old Nun and the Dominican

By Alyssa Bormes     I suppose it was Mother Angelica who asked me the question first, and Father Paul Murray was the latest to ask me; in between there have been a number of others as [...]

Accepting God’s Yes

By Lindsay Schlegel     Have you ever had God answer a prayer with a “yes” and then struggle to accept his generosity? For the last six years, my husband and I have lived in his [...]


By Carol Younger   Two words jumped out at me in these readings, at the beginning of the Gospel: tax collectors and sinners!  And yet, these were “all drawing near to listen to Jesus….”  Are [...]

Sometimes Evangelization is Messy

By Kelly Wahlquist Our ways are not the Lord’s ways—thank God! Because God’s ways are so far beyond ours and let’s face it, they are much neater. We can plan all we want, but [...]

Be Careful What You Ask For!

By Karen Sheehy     “Conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts…what is too sublime for you, seek not…into things beyond your strength search [...]

A Letter to my Daughter as she Leaves for College

By Kathleen Billings   My Dearest Gemma Marie, The day has finally come to load our van and start the long drive to your new home away from home. Today is the beginning of an incredible new [...]

Assuming the roses were from Mama

By Kate Anderson     Her garden looked nearly the same, but three years had changed everything. I want to rejoice in all the Glorious Mysteries that she and her Son have worked in my [...]

How to Get Middle School Kids to Read the Bible

By Sonja Corbitt     We home school our kids. We took our oldest out of public school in second grade for academic and social reasons that seem unique to our state and county. He [...]