“For the past 15 years I’ve been attempting to figure out how to pray. I’ve searched for every ‘Praying for Dummies’ book published, but have come to learn they aren’t much help. Everyone has suggestions on how to pray, from the great spiritual writers to my grandmother. Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to […]
The Eucharist calls us to greater communion. Often this requires us to forgive others. But how do we do that? A woman tells of an eighteen-year search for a birth parent because she was given up for adoption as an infant. She felt the questions which were constantly on her mind could only be answered […]
Moses was a great leader, a powerful man. His life and example convey profound lessons of service and compassion. Not many people would be able to place into a resume these positions: military commander, nation builder, liberator, religious leader, lawgiver, judge, mediator, advocate, leader of the opposition, visionary. Yet those are just some of the roles […]
The “little poor man” of Assisi, Saint Francis, is loved and respected by all. His example and the prayer that bears his name inspire a way of living that incarnates the Gospel. When Reverend Russell Willoughby, the minister of the historic Little Brown Church in the Valley, in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, […]
Beyond his public persona as a media personality and a prominent churchman, Fulton Sheen was a thinker, a believer, a priest, and a man of prayer. On Sunday, April 7, 1946, Fulton J. Sheen stepped into the pulpit of New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Those who packed the church were stunned to hear Sheen criticize […]
Admired by many as a prophet, denounced by others as a radical, Dom Helder Càmara steadfastly spoke out and worked for the rights and dignity of the poor. On August 5, 1973, thirty-eight Brazilian bishops and two cardinals gathered for the installation of Brazil’s newest archbishop. As they processed into the cathedral, the Master of […]
Dorothy Day was a diminutive figure, but a dominant force for justice and peace in the Church and American society. Her life was rooted in the prophetic call of the Gospel. “Whatever I had read as a child about the saints had thrilled me. I could see the nobility of giving one’s life for the […]
Faith is simply “confidence in God.” Jesus reminds us that the quality of our living depends on the depth of our faith.