"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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Seeking (and Finding) Truth

November 9, 2017

Seeking (and Finding) Truth”   Pilate touched on it so long ago: “What is truth?” It’s the one question that confronts us all, the answer we all seek. At the most basic level, truth involves moral uprightness, being truthful; seeking answers or wisdom; right judgment. C.S. Lewis, perhaps the most influential Christian mind in modern times,… Read More ›

Beholding the Sacred: Why Beauty Matters

Beholding the Sacred: Why Beauty Matters What is Beauty? We begin with beauty. First of all, what is beauty? Just take a look around you, at this idyllic setting in which we are so privileged to live. We are surrounded by beauty, immersed in it. In fact, because we see it so often, we might… Read More ›

Beauty, Truth, and Goodness: Discovering the Sacred in Daily Life

Beauty, Truth, and Goodness: Discovering the Sacred in Daily Life  “All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful brings us to God.” Pope Francis We’re here this weekend to talk about God, to see how we can discover Him in our daily lives. But first of all, consider how we discover… Read More ›

Treasure in Heaven: A Christian Perspective on Money

My husband and I have been talking a lot about money lately. Not that it’s ever anyone’s favourite subject, but it hasn’t been as painful as you might think. For most of us living in North America, few thoughts occupy our minds so much as money – how to make it, spend it, save it,… Read More ›

Living in the Real World

On the Monday before Ash Wednesday, the first week of Lent, my daily routine completely changed: I began a 9-week teaching practicum and was suddenly thrust into the ‘real world.’ Though I had started the process to get recertified almost a year earlier, the opportunity to complete my teaching practicum – the final step in… Read More ›

How Mary Helped Me Win the Lottery

For me, becoming Catholic was like winning the lottery. Now, I’m not trying to be poetic or overly sentimental about my faith when I say that. To be sure, it is a treasure beyond compare, but that’s not what I’m really getting at. Rather the odds of it occurring at all – the particular circumstances… Read More ›

The Easter Vigil for Beginners

The first Easter Vigil I ever attended was in 1986 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. That year, a dozen or so men and women entered into full communion with the Church, and thanks be to God, I was one of them. Though I’d spent nearly a year in RCIA1 – in… Read More ›

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

Of purging and all things purgatorial…

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

The Vulnerability of God

When you think of God, what image first comes to mind? If you read the Old Testament, it’s easy to focus on His omniscience, His power and might, for this is the God we see on nearly every page. But that’s not the whole story. The New Testament reveals another side of God – the… Read More ›