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

Tag: Grace

Watch and Pray!

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is a time set aside by the Church to help prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Through penance,… 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 ›

“Jesus is NOT a Great Human Teacher!” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Mt 5: 17-37) “Jesus is NOT a Great Human Teacher!” PDF Version 

Mary, Mother of Mercy

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope…”     It’s often been said that Mary’s work in heaven is to pray for sinners – that mercy is her “department.”1 There’s no doubt that we’ve got a powerful ally in our Heavenly Mother, an advocate who is always ready to… 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 ›

Ordinary Holiness

I’ve always loved the song, Ordinary Holiness.1 Somehow, the words really speak to my heart. The refrain goes like this – maybe you know it … “Ordinary holiness, in the sacred day today. Where we live and love and labor, as we gather here to pray. Humble God of all simplicity, help ev’ry heart prepare…. Read More ›

Mary at the Foot of the Cross: Seeing the Passion through a Mother’s Eyes

One of the hardest things to wrap our heads around as Christians is the nature of Jesus – fully human, yet fully divine. Like the Virgin Mary we often ponder: How can this be? Not that we doubt it’s possible, because God is God and we know that nothing is impossible for Him.1But our explanations… 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 ›

Parenthood: Lessons in Diplomacy from the Cold War

On a long car trip recently, I was listening to a book on the life of Saint John Paul II called The End and the Beginning.1 In it, the author describes the Pope’s role in helping to bring down communism and dismantle the Soviet Union. Because I was just a kid in 1978 when Karol Wojtyla was… Read More ›