Waiting

Waiting

The days are coming when I will fulfill the promise…  Jer. 33:14 By now the turkey is long gone.  The exhaustion and excitement of hitting the big sales has dissipated.  Many of us don’t remember the score of the big…

Evangelizing Our Kids

Evangelizing Our Kids

One day, the Pharisees tested Jesus with an important question – of all 613 of the Bible’s laws, which is most important?  The Lord quickly shot back a response: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,…

On the Necessity of Hell

On the Necessity of Hell

“Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here.” These are the words above the gates of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy.  And that is the true horror of hell: the loss of all hope.  Even here in this valley of tears…

Big Fish, Little Fish

Big Fish / Little Fish

In the scheme of things it can sometimes be too easy to become unaware of our proper place in the world.  We focus on our own career, family, hobbies, and personal responsibilities.   That’s enough to draw anyone’s full time attention,…

vcat - Video Catechism

How Old Media Can Rock the New Evangelization

Meet the VCAT. (That’s “Video Catechism,” in case you were wondering.) I think it speaks for itself: {Link to the embedded video.} Here’s what it’s all about: As we begin the Year of Faith, announced by Pope Benedict XVI, the Diocese…

Faith and the Gospel of Mark

This Year of Faith began while we were reading the Gospel of Mark most Sundays.  To help me rediscover faith, I took a look at faith through that Gospel. Our faith grows as we learn more about the person of…

Reflecting on the Feast of Christ the King

Reflecting on the Feast of Christ the King

Readings for November 25, 2012: Feast of Christ the King From the dawn of civilization, kings have arisen who have dreamed of possessing a world-wide dominion, a universal kingdom that would last forever. Some have come close to conquering much…

Just Talk to Me

Just Talk to Me

Just a short walk from my home is a cozy cafe that I visit daily. Many evenings I can be found sipping a great Fair Trade blend of coffee, nibbling on one of their delightful sweets, and engrossed in a…

A How-To Guide for Adoration with Small Children

A How-To Guide for Adoration with Small Children

As part of my daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop service hours, each family is asked to volunteer at the 24 hour Adoration Chapel. 1 hour. 60 minutes. Doesn’t seem like a lot of time to give, but with small children…

Other People's Vocations

Other People’s Vocations

“I don’t love it!”  That’s what our then-four-year-old used to say whenever she didn’t care for something. Time to turn off the TV?  Clean-up?  Go to bed?  I don’t love it. When I tell people I enjoy teaching religious education,…