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

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Treasure in Heaven: A Christian Perspective on Money

June 19, 2017

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 ›

Merry Christmas, EVERYONE!!!

Christmas means different things to different people. For Catholics and Christians, the meaning of Christmas centers around the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But for people of other faiths (and those who do not profess any faith at all), Christmas is still a reason to celebrate. After all, it’s a national… Read More ›

Living with the person who annoys you most

My kids and I were at the doctor’s office the other day, and we couldn’t help but notice the fish tank in the waiting room. Not that the tank was all that exciting, but one big fish kept chasing another smaller fish around, as if they were playing together. At first we were amused, but… Read More ›

Meeting my grandson for the first time: A new perspective on the gender debate

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first baby and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re going to be grandparents! And if that weren’t exciting enough, we found out recently that it’s a boy – a grandson. When the ultrasound technician asked Paige and Lewis whether they wanted to know the sex of their baby,… Read More ›