The Ignatian Way: Finding God in All Things

TakeFive,jpeg

Happy feast day to a powerhouse of a saint, Saint Ignatius. In her weekly feature, Saints and Scripture Sundays, Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures poses the question: "Are you like me, and act a lot like Martha? Or like Saint Ignatius, a soldier of the Christian faith?" My response: I'm like Martha but I desire in my heart to be more like St. Ignatius. The Ignatian goal of finding God in all things means that every part of our lives can lead us to God. Yep, I like it, need to hear it often, … [Read more...]

It’s not what Martha was doing. It was her mode!

stmarta33

Happy Feast Day Saint Martha!  Ah, good ol’ Martha.  If you don’t know the story, it goes a little like this: Jesus is visiting his friends, sisters Mary and Martha, who live in Bethany not far from Jerusalem. In efforts to be the hostess with the most-est, Martha is busy being busy, filled with anxieties and worries about pleasing the crowd Jesus brought with him. At one point, Martha notices that Mary is sitting around, not helping her out, just listening to Jesus speak. “Martha, burdened … [Read more...]

A Pearl

Pearl of Great Price

With all of the recent tragedies that have affected my friends and family in the past several weeks I can’t help but wonder what message God is trying to give each of us. Personally, it seems like He is trying to get our attention, to get us to depend on Him for our daily needs, and to get us to realize what is really “valuable” in our lives. I also think He is giving us the opportunity to serve one another by letting us help each other in all ways possible: prayer, food, cleanup hands, a … [Read more...]

Help a Friend Defend NFP!

The Pill = The Problem.

In our continuing focus on Natural Family Planning Awareness week, I would like to highlight the good work of our friend Kristan Doerfler who writes The Emmaus Road blog, the Catholic voice on HoustonBelief.com (hosted by the Houston Chronicle). As one might imagine, she has a broad, diverse readership that can result in a litany of less-than-charitable comments. Yet, she always responds thoughtfully, rationally, and sometimes humorously, striving to moderate productive discussion. Further, … [Read more...]

God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part 2)

NFP-Trust

In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please once again welcome contributing author Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where they also teach NFP classes. Part 1 of their story appeared yesterday. Pick-up from Part 1. . . So much of my research following our miscarriage pointed to the residual hormones in my body not letting our baby thrive. There was incredible … [Read more...]

God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part I)

Used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please welcome contributing author Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where they also teach NFP classes. Part 1 of their story appears today; please stop back tomorrow for Part 2! Over the last few years, NFP has become a passion of ours. Fr. Zach Kautzky's homily on July 3 wonderfully reflected why this is so … [Read more...]

A Marian Shrine Tucked in the Corner of a City

ShrineSign

Over the weekend we visited Joel's family near Milwaukee and on Saturday headed into the city to visit the Betty Brinn Children's Museum (a great experience for the whole family!). After several hours exploring, we made our way to Balistreri's Italian American Ristorante for some of the best darn pizza a person can find anywhere in the United States! As we neared the restaurant, I spotted this sign from the corner of my eye. A double take! A Marian Shrine? Joel and I always make a special … [Read more...]