Mercy is an Act of Faith

Yesterday was the Feast of Divine Mercy. It is a devotion of special significance to me. The Mercy of God has been the focal point of my spiritual life since it truly began. At the services yesterday, the priest preached…

Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross by Anne Costa

Do you ever sense the Holy Spirit introducing you to people so they can help you on your journey? I often do. And thanks to the Holy Spirit I’ve met many great saints and writers – Julian of Norwich, St….

Saint Peter, One of Us

The Inconstant Soul

As we are in the midst of Holy Week there are many momentous things upon which we can reflect. Something that is striking me is the theme of inconsistency. We can constantly see throughout the Gospels that the disciples run…

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Ecumenism

Ecumenism, the desire for unity among Christians of different denominations, is something that waxes and wanes in the Christian community. Unity between Christians at times seems near at hand, tantalizingly just out of reach, and at other times it seems…

What the Prodigal Son and the Golden Calf teach us about sin

The Prodigal Brothers

I think that most of us are familiar with the Prodigal Son parable. It is one of the longest and most memorable of all of Jesus’ stories. It is filled with vivid detail and heartfelt emotion. And yet, as many…

Around the Year with Von Trapp Family

Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Von Trapp is surprisingly upbeat and joyful, especially when we recall that in The Sound of Music ends with the Von Trapp troupe fleeing their beloved Austria. The 1965…

I Have Held the Grail

I love the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In that story, our hero has to save his father and find something I had not heard of until I saw the movie as a child: the Holy Grail. The…

Scared Tradition and Traditions

Do you hear the song, Tradition, from Fiddler on the Roof, when you think about tradition? I do! Tevya asks the question, “How do we keep our balance?” and then says, “I can tell you in one word, tradition!” I…

Holding Hands

A Love Story

Let me tell you a story, a special story. It is my favourite story. An old story, it is still fresh and ever new. It is a love story. God made the world and everything in it, including you and…

Lent: Spiritual Boot Camp

This Wednesday we are going to being the holy season of Lent. I often equate Lent to spiritual boot camp. I love the Rocky movies. They have provided me with years of continual uplift and entertainment. These movies are almost…