Are you a bridge to Catholicism?

Did you know that 45 percent of Americans (about 112 million people) have some meaningful connection to the Catholic faith in some way? Some bridge of trust? Only 20 percent of them – 50 million — are Catholic. This statistic…

Reaching “Nones”

I recently read Christel Manning’s book, “Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children” and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in better understanding the nuance, diversity, and experiences of “Nones” when it comes to religious beliefs and practices….

Come Away With Me

In today’s Gospel, the disciples have just returned from a mission that Jesus sent them on. They were excited, and eager to tell Jesus everything that had happened, but they were also tired. Knowing their need for rest, Jesus invited…

How Do We End Abortion? We Get There First.

This past January, men and woman, young and old, Catholic, Protestant and other, marched for the Right to Life for all people, especially the unborn. Their purpose was to defend men, women and children from an evil called abortion by…

Arrogance vs. Self-Esteem

Many people become increasingly arrogant when honors are given to them and favors are done for them. They do not know what to do with so much good fortune… Esther E: 2-3a Too much of a good thing is not…

From Small Talk to Life Talk

Spreading the love of God is inevitably a personal, relational experience. We know as Christians that–if we stay at this “evanglism” thing long enough, we’re going to have to talk to people. And this can seem like a burden for…

Resolutions and Hope

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37, KJV)   Many of us look at the New Year and resolve to make changes in our lives. How many times have we said, “This is the year I will lose…

Julie Davis reveals secrets of ‘Seeking Jesus’

“Down in my bones, my deepest need is to know Jesus better,“ thus Julie Davis opens her second book, Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life: Prayers and Reflections for Getting Closer. I’ve been a fan of Julie Davis since she autographed…

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The Real Gift of Christmas

Christmas gets a lot of attention every year, and much has been said about what it means. But the most important thing to remember about Christmas is that it is real: God actually became a human baby, Jesus. It’s perhaps…

The Gifts We Bring

We three kings of orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar… This carol is synonymous with Epiphany, and we sing it every year, at least the first two verses.  It is natural to want to focus on the joy of…