November 18, 2021

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19-41-42). God looks upon our suffering… and he weeps. Of all the heart-wrenching moments in the Bible, this one really tugs deep within. Here […]

November 4, 2021

We were once at an amusement park with some family and friends. It was hard to navigate the crowds as a group, but we managed to keep the herd together. That is, until we didn’t. After most of the group exited one of the rides, we signaled to enter a food court nearby. After everyone […]

October 21, 2021

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division (Luke 12:51). Have you ever had someone twist your words and use them against you? I think this might be how Jesus feels every time a Christian uses the Scripture passage above as a justification […]

October 7, 2021

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state of life, to you, Christian families, to you, the sick and elderly, and to you, young people: confidently take up the rosary once again. Rediscover the rosary in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the […]

September 16, 2021

In today’s gospel, I noticed “a certain Pharisee” called Simon… A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him.… He said to himself .… “If this man were a prophet,… he would know she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he […]

September 2, 2021

I remember walking through the front door of what would eventually be our home and knowing immediately, “this is the one.” We signed a contract that very same day. We planned to use half of our savings as a down payment and leave the other half as our emergency fund, but we got a call […]

August 19, 2021

Over the years, I have taken up the practice of praying with the Liturgy of the Hours. One of the lines from Psalm 119 appears quite frequently, and it always makes me pause: “Bend my heart to your will…” (verse 36). In this prayer, I am giving God permission to act in the center of […]

August 5, 2021

My husband often says that one of the reasons our marriage works well is that, even though we come at things from a different point of view, we always end up in the same place. One area where our differences are very noticeable is when we take family road trips. He is all about hustling […]

July 15, 2021

Memorial of Saint Bonaventure I find it interesting when I hear people distinguish between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, saying that one is all fire and brimstone and the other is all mercy and love. But we know God doesn’t change. The same God that tells us […]

July 1, 2021

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven. … Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” (Matthew 9:2,6) The battle for our hearts begins in our minds, the truth against the lies. Jesus said, “I am the Truth” (John 14:6); Satan is “the father of lies” […]