All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day, also called All Hallows’ Dayis a day commemorating all the saints of the church, both known and unknown, who have attained heaven. It is celebrated on November 1 in the Western churches and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Eastern churches. (Wikipedia) A saint is someone who has been recognized as holy or virtuous to such…

Cheap Grace

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was known to use the term “cheap grace.” He understood the term to mean “…an attempt to reap the benefits of Christianity without paying the price: to seek redemption without authentic conversion, or forgiveness without repentance.” (Graced Crossroads by Ted Dunn, p. 185) In other words, reaping the benefits without the cost to…

Values

St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Sisters, was a leader and model for the people of her time and, hopefully, the values she lived are helpful for us today. I will share some thoughts on four of the most prominent. First, we see a strong thread of respect for individuals. Angela tells us to…

Violence

We live in a society that is growing more violent every day. Each time we turn on our TVs or read a newspaper we find stories of murders, domestic violence, violence in protests that should be peaceful and violence in words and the language we use. We see violent actions or hear violent words so…

St. Francis of Assisi

October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the world’s most beloved saints. Francis was known as a wealthy young man who gave up all his material goods to follow the way of Christ. Francis was the founder of the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St….

A Servant Leader

Every person is called to be a leader in some way. We see parents as leaders teaching children to grow into whole persons. We see teachers leading children to be all they can be. We see civic leaders working for their communities. The list of ways we are called to be leaders is practically endless….

Why Do We Honor the Saints?

Honoring the saints is a practice that is uniquely Catholic. From earliest times in the Christian community we have recognized that some women and men lived lives that served as models of faithfulness and commitment to their God. Contrary to the beliefs of some, Catholics do not worship Mary or the saints. We worship only…

Retreat Time

One of my favorite times each year is when I am on retreat. Every vowed religious is required to take time each year for prayer and reflection during a set time called retreat. My favorite type of retreat is to spend 7-8 days in a hermitage in a woods or some other kind of nature…

Labor Day

We celebrate Labor Day Monday, September 7th. This is the day we say is the unofficial end of summer. A more important reason for the day is to celebrate workers and all they do for our country, cities, neighborhoods and families. “In the U.S., the first Labor Day parade was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in…

Praying with Scripture

The Catholic Church teaches that praying with scripture is integral to our Christian life. We are taught that scripture is the living word of God. The sad truth is that many Catholics are not familiar with scripture except for the Sunday mass readings. Sometimes due to distractions, these sacred words go in one ear and…