November 1st is All Saints Day when many recall their favorite saints. It is easy to place these virtuous men and women on a pedestal and think you could never achieve sanctity. Some people say, “I’m no saint” like it is an unreachable goal. The fact is that we are all called to be saints.Continue reading
Just spent the weekend with my mother in my hometown. She has taught me so much about love and service and my faith. For example, when I struggled down some stormy roads earlier in my life, her unconditional love and maternal tenderness was a beacon for me in my dark time. From big things, like her Continue reading
Have you ever come across a person that captured your attention and left you wanting to learn more about them? Maybe you wondered, just who is that man? (or woman?) One such person that intrigued me in my younger years was Saint Anthony of Padua. Mainly because I was taught the prayerful phrase, “Tony, Tony, look around…something’s lost and can’t be found.” I was curious why we ask Saint Anthony for help when we lose something. Was it because he lost things when he was a child?
As I researched this pious person, I found some interesting things about him. Take the quiz below and you can learn more about this spiritual role model too.
- Saint Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. What name was he given at his baptism?
“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” This song by the famous Nat King Cole has been on my mind lately. The three adjectives, lazy, hazy and crazy are pretty good descriptors of my summer so far. Yesterday was the feast day of Mary Magdalen. As I contemplated her inspirational life it seemed to me that crazy, hazy and lazy, were fairly good descriptors of her life too. Continue reading
I am in a writing slump, so a guest blogger is filling in. Only problem is—he’s dead. Good thing he left behind some of his writings!
Brother Jacopone Da Todi, died in 1306. He was a Franciscan poet and mystic. He would not know what a blog is – much less a computer. But he did know how to write profound words about God’s love. With “permission” (obtained through prayer) Brother Jacopone is the guest blogger today! You can find out more about this holy writer by clicking on the link at the end of this blog. Continue reading
We recently celebrated All Saints Day. You might have recalled some favorite saints that you look up to. It is easy to place these virtuous men and women on a pedestal and think you could never achieve sanctity. Some people say, “I’m no saint” like it is an unreachable goal. The fact is that we are all called to be saints. Continue reading
St. Francis of Assisi; one of the most popular saints of all time. We celebrate his feast day on October 4th. To help you learn a little more about this fascinating saint who was born in the early 1180’s and died in 1226, try your luck with the quiz below: Continue reading
Did you know that husbands and wives have jobs? I don’t mean that they each have their own a place of employment, I mean that they have a job together. Regarding the ‘chief end’ of the sacrament of matrimony, the Baltimore Catechism states that the husband and wife should “aid each other in securing the salvation of their souls.” That means the primary job of a husband and wife is to help get each other to heaven. Continue reading
April 29: St. Catherine of Siena’s feast day. One of her most famous quotes is about setting the world on fire by being who you were created to be. Here are some more of her quotes about the fiery love of our God. Continue reading
My brother would wail and ask my mother over and over again when he was in the bathroom sick with a stomach virus, “Am I gonna die? Am I gonna die?” Emptying the contents of your stomach into the toilet can be a painful and scary experience for a young child. When my brother pleaded, “Am I gonna die?” my mom would comfort and assure him that all would eventually be OK. Continue reading