Sometimes the best antidote for a bad day in the trenches of the domestic church is â€œincarnational timeâ€ with a good friend. Incarnational time, thatâ€™s what my friends and I call it, because friendships require spending time with another, in the flesh, sharing our gifts and who we are â€“ our highs, lows, and mehs â€“ with each another.
Editor’s Note: In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please welcome Renee McGuire. Renee and husband Kerry are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, Iowa, where they teach Natural Family Planning classes. This is Part 1 of Renee’s testimony. Part 2 is 5 Steps to Embracing Natural Family Planning. * * … [Read more…]
Is a domesticÂ pilgrimageÂ in your future? While visiting family in Wisconsin last week, we made a pilgrimage to Holy Hill, a national basilica and shrine that has welcomed pilgrims since the late 1800s. The site welcomes over 500,000 pilgrims a year, making it one of the most popular shrines in the United States. In fact,Â Timothy Cardinal … [Read more…]
Moral and ethical questions abound in the creation of new real estate in cyberspace. We sometimes struggle with our domain name. After all, who are we to own ThePracticingCatholic.com? As if weâ€™re the epitome of what practicing Catholics should be. Hardly. Still, it does convey a message, a sense of mission. It tells you something … [Read more…]
Here’s a pictorial recap of Jude’s Baptism on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Â As a friend said to me, there really are no words to describe this moment. So, I’ll allow the pictures to do the storytelling.Â Thanks to our dear friend Sue for snapping these photos. And Father Kautzky, we are blessed to call you friend … [Read more…]
Well-intentioned axiom has out-lived its usefulness, should be retired. Weâ€™ve all been there. Youâ€™re way behind on laundry so you dig deep into your closet, rummaging through clothing you havenâ€™t worn in years. Amid all the outmoded items you find what appears to be a gem, something you used to wear all the time.Â Okay, it … [Read more…]
“With all the problems in this world, with the economy, with terrorism, with our country being sold to China, with Iran possibly becoming a nuclear power, with all these things, why is [the Obama administration] so obsessed on reproductive services? When did reproductive services become the national cry of our nation? When did it become … [Read more…]