“Dusting is important for saving the world.” ~ Leila Lawler & Elizabeth Foss Dusting? Dusting. That was the quote from the Chapter 3Â Summer in the Little Oratory podcastÂ that most caught my attention. And it also brought back to mind a story filed away in my to-blog-about-one-day folder. Finally, a reason to talkÂ about DUSTING! The story … [Read more…]
Dr. Meg Meeker says, “Dads: You are your daughter’s first love.”Â That’s certainly true for a five-year-old girl hanging around these parts. My daughter Lucy and I were making homemade cards for Father’s Day last week, and I asked her to tell me ten things she loved about her daddy. Here is what she said. 1. … [Read more…]
While we all have a role in welcoming people into our homes, it seems some people are empowered to do so in a special way, doesn’t it? People who have this gift, or charism, are energized by the very act of caring for others and providing food, shelter, and friendship. Do these thoughts bring to mind a person, maybe even a family, supercharged with this charism of hospitality? I have a family in mind who bleeds it, holy hospitality that is.
How would you answer this question … Outline a marriage preparation program for your parish. Explain what components you would like to include and why. Joel had to answer this very question for his sacramental theology course, and we thought it made good blog post material, too. It’s the topic of our latest column atÂ Catholic … [Read more…]
Joel and I were recently reviewing stats from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2013-14 study of permanent deacons. Take a guess — what’sÂ the average age ofÂ deacons in the United States of America? How many are in their 40s like Joel? I won’t spill the beans here, but if you’re curious, head on over … [Read more…]
Oratory. Ever heard of that word? Until a few years ago, I wasn’tÂ familiar with it, and believe it or not, I actually remember my first encounter with it. It was July 2010, our first trip to Conception Abbey in Missouri for Joelâ€™s weeklong summer diaconate formation classes. While attending the initial all-you-need-to-know-for-the-week type of meeting, … [Read more…]