Wealth?

Does God Want Us Rich?

Does God want us rich? Prosperous? Powerful? Some people say so. They claim that all you have to do is visualize it, will it, and riches and prosperity will come your way, because God wants to make us rich. But…

Giving Thanks and letting go

Book Review: Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections of the Gift of Motherhood

So often mothers bemoan the passing time because they feel left behind as their children leave to embrace their own lives. Danielle Bean’s book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections of the Gift of Motherhood is an antidote to those…

Wrestling with God

In the Book of Genesis, Jacob was asleep, anticipating the next day. He was camped away from his old home, afraid of his older brother Esau. Years earlier, Jacob had tricked his brother out of his birthright and then tricked…

Cracking Open Our Hearts of Stone

The Calcification of the Soul

When you are young, you are a being of pure potential. Your life and your future stretch out with endless possibilities. Remember what it was like to one day want to be an astronaut and the next to be a…

Humble

Humility

Humility, the state of being humble or lowly, is a Christian virtue that we are all called to embrace. One thing I know about Christian humility is that it is not what the world seems to think it is: being…

Social Media

Catholic Pop Culture 2019

As I have in years past, I shall recall any good things from the popular culture that are harmonious or helpful to Catholic culture. There were many things this past year and many things coming up in 2020 that are…

Butterflies at Wal-Mart?

“I love your dress!” came at me like a chant from a cheerleader. A second voice echoed, “I love your dress!” I look up to see two joyful women. “Do I know them?” I asked myself. I didn’t come to…

Advent: The Reason for the Season

When It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas

We are told that this is the most joyous holiday of the year. But for many, Advent and Christmas conjure feelings of sorrow. For most of us, we have magical Christmas memories from our childhood. The bright colored lights filled…

Straw Broom

Sweep Aside Notions That Get in the Way

Our destiny as human beings is to have a life-relationship with Jesus, to love him and be loved by him. But too many things get in the way. There are the day-to-day things in our life that distract us and…

The Freedom of Forgiveness

In my last essay, I wrote about the importance of forgiveness. We are called to never stop forgiving those who have hurt us. But I would like to take time in this article to talk about the benefit to the…