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?
Stop me if youâ€™ve heard this one before. A deaconâ€™s wife walks into her weekly Catholic moms group. She meets and greets with her fellow sisters in Christ; they enjoy coffee and conversation together and offer intercessory prayer for one another. 90 minutes later the gathering draws to an end and the leader says, â€œLetâ€™s … [Read more…]
What aÂ privilege it was to write a reflection for the My Sisters the Saints book club over at CatholicMom.com.Â The book, written by Colleen Carroll Campbell, has really touched, comforted, and challenged me. In fact,Â the night after I finished reading Chapter Two, the chapter I was assigned to write about, I couldn’t sleep. I toss and … [Read more…]
Ever been asked that question? I was. Once. And my response tanked. That question and the reaction it provoked in me actually played a role in a “rebirthing” experience of my own. There’s a back story, and I share more about it in my latest post for CatholicMom.com (find it by clicking here). And the … [Read more…]