Confronting the Mystery of Death

Readings for November 2, 2012: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) I’ll never forget that bleak January day when my father died.  It was very hard to believe in the resurrection as I watched the undertakers carry…

Are we too busy to be catechized?

I keep going back to a small portion of a blog post from Bishop Kicanis: A challenge for the synod fathers is to understand how we might better catechize the people, deepen their knowledge of the faith and their understanding of…

All Saints Day: Holiness Is for Everyone!

Readings for November 1, 2012: Solemnity of All Saints At age 16, I thought that aspiring to holiness was out of the question.  If you really wanted to be holy, I thought, you had to be a priest, nun, or…

Can Non-Christians Go to Heaven?

It never fails that in each of my high school religion classes someone asks, “Can a non-Christian go to heaven?” It is an important question that preys on many of us.  We have seen people of heroic moral virtue in…

Billboards or Signs?

There’s a billboard between Dallas and Fort Worth sponsored by a group of atheists. It attacks our religious freedom in large letters and bold words. How do we fight evil assault against Christianity and our religious rights, one of the…

Zombies and Evangelization

I don’t really like zombies. That said, I find myself reading about them at a rate that’s…well, it’s strange, especially considering that I don’t really like them (or the genre they’re usually in). Recently, I reviewed a zombie novel and…

As the Seasons Change: The Church Year

As a south Florida resident for over twenty five years the change of seasons passes me by with little notice.  This past week I was in New York and Connecticut and I remember how much I loved fall: the leaves,…

The Blind Man Speaks Up

Readings for October 28, 2012: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time There were hundreds in the crowd that day at Jericho.  No doubt all of them had needs, many of them urgent.  But this Sunday’s gospel tells us that apparently only…

Diary of a Miracle

Tuesday October 9, 2012: I guess I had to ‘bite the bullet.’ I could no longer put off my car repairs. My car has been running rough for a while and in an attempt to save the inevitable pain of…

10 Ways to Share Your Faith with Your Children

As a Catholic, my faith permeates all of what I do. As a Catholic mother, I want to pass my faith on to my children. How do Catholic parents keep our children in our faith? 1. Go to Mass. Seems…