During his homily at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of sharing little gestures of love within the family. These little acts of love are vital to the heart of a parish family, too. Here are some examples of little gestures we can do within our parishes to welcome others and foster a culture of encounter. What ideas can you add?
Since we aren’t able to travel to Philadelphia and see Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families, we figured heading back to Joel’s old stomping grounds in Wisconsin is the next best thing. Right?! We are presenting at the Love is our Mission: Families Fully Alive gathering in Central Wisconsin this weekend. Kudos to the organizers who have […]
We’re now a school car line family (yay!). Thanks to the movie Mr. Mom, Lisa’s making connections between car line rules and the Mass.
I recently had a few text exchanges with a friend about a ministry project I’m working on. My texts went something like this: I’m freaking out. I didn’t sign up for THIS!! Get me off this crazy train!!! My holy friend responded something on the order of: Hold up, girl. There’s a grace for that. […]
I woke up around 4:00 AM on August 31, 2008, and I just knew I was going to have a baby that day. Contractions indicated labor was imminent, but not quite immediate. So what does a rational person do in that moment? Of course, go to Panera to enjoy a cup of coffee and a […]
Humility. That little rascal keeps chasing me down and running me over. Why, oh why, won’t you leave me alone, humility? For weeks now, several people I spiritually admire have used that word when chatting with me. They are in good company. St. Augustine once said the three most important factors in the spiritual life are humility, humility, and […]
“All these evils come from within, and they defile.” – Jesus to the Pharisees
Some research indicates the average woman speaks 20,000 words a day. And man? 7,000. But no matter the number of words uttered, our daily conversations say a lot about the state of our relationships and whether we view our spouses as true partners. Are our conversations more positive than negative? Do our words lift one another up or tear one down? Do they reflect a sense of working together or of working at cross-purposes? Every word that comes out of our mouths has the ability to either undercut or underscore our marriages. To defile or purify. All those words greatly matter when it comes to demonstrating commitment to our spouses. Here are two thoughts on how to purify the “evils from within.”
During diaconate formation, commitments were mostly structured and mandatory. Now, after ordination, little is mandatory. How to meet expectations is largely discerned, not dictated. It’s been a year, and we still haven’t figured out the magic formula.
During my undergrad years, I took class titled Death as a Part of Living. During the first lecture, we took an informal quiz of sorts that had us inventorying life events — a job change, marriage, the birth of a child, a death of a loved one, a move, starting college, etc. The more events a person experienced […]
During spiritual direction yesterday, the priest and I talked a lot about Our Lady of Guadalupe. She kind of popped up out of nowhere into my heart, and when the priest asked me why this particular image of Our Lady speaks to me as she does, I had trouble articulating an explanation. I didn’t even realize […]