“Roger Lopez, OFM, encourages us to slow down and really think about what this season means. Lent isn't about what external temptations we want to give up. Lent is more an internal journey of discovery and oneness with God.”
“In this skit, packed with humor and depth, The Skit Guys dig into what the Serenity Prayer is all about. As one man prays the prayer, God challenges him to understand what the words actually mean, and to actually mean the words he says.”
“If you talk to those who frequent Eucharistic adoration, sign up for holy hours or even make just occasional church visits to pray privately in front of the Blessed Sacrament, you’ll likely hear about the healing, transformative power of this particular prayer practice. But for many other Catholics, adoration can be a little intimidating. What do we do while we sit in the quiet? Are there special prayers? How did this practice start, and what is its purpose?”
“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.” It’s a bit of a tough read – but pick it up each day and find a paragraph to read – you will love its richness.
“Then it dawned on me that my whole attitude was wrong. God wasn’t forcing me to be there, to spend an hour with Him because I had missed Mass. I was choosing to be there. Did I want to be there? Did I want to spend time with Jesus? I did. So I asked God for the grace to let me sit there with Him, in silence, peacefully.”
“The challenge life presents to each of us is to become truly ourselves--not the self we have imagined or fantasized about, not the self that our friends want us to be, not the self our ego would have us be, but the self God has ordained us to be from before we were in our mother's womb.” Listen to Matthew Kelly, author of Rediscover Catholicism, speak about becoming the best version of ourselves. And read the book – it is very motivating!
“I share some details about nine of these beautiful women. Each of them loved God and everyone in her path passionately and heroically, all the while raising children, performing apostolic works, holding a variety of day jobs, or a combination of the above!.”
“The word with which to open 2019 is the one launched by the Holy Father in his Urbi et Orbi discourse on Christmas day: fraternity. A word that indicates the truth that “is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity”. A vision that hinges on the harmony between unity and diversity, the very heart of fraternity. If this harmony exists, “our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic.”
“For all our missteps and mistakes, we are creatures who never give up. Despite the evidence on the scale and in our bank accounts, we believe that nothing is impossible. So it seems fitting that the Church, in her wisdom, has dedicated January 1st to the woman who herself knew only too well that “nothing is impossible with God.” This day, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, the mother of all possibility, the mother of our salvation, the mother of all hope.”