Psst! You. Yes, you. Have you heard? Christmas is nearing. See. I know, I know. I hear your collective groans through this digital space. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Shoot, it’s not even Halloween yet! What’s the rush, Schmidt? How about you prayerfully enter into AdventÂ before mentioningÂ Christmas!Â TouchÃ©. But may I please have some latitude … [Read more…]
We recently watched the documentaryÂ TINY: A Story About Living SmallÂ on Netflix and can’t stop thinking about it. No, not contemplating packing up and moving into a tiny house like the one pictured aboveÂ any time soon. But we are left pondering how to live â€œsmallâ€ in the space we occupy. It’s the topic of my latest … [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…]
Some political issues remain simply political until they visibly impact the lives of those around us. Then suddenly we recognize them as issues of human dignity. My latest column for CatholicMom, a “World View Wednesday” post, revisits one such situation: immigration reform.
Truth be told, immigration reform was once just a bunch of talking points that affected a group of people. But then something happened to shake that up. Immigration reform became no longer just about â€œthose people,â€ but rather, a topic that deeply affected people I knew — fellow parishioners and community members.
â€œChristians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ,â€ Pope Francis.
Bridge building can be hazardous, huh? Just take a look at what happened to the peace doves Pope Francis released while, ironically, praying for peace in the Ukraine where violent protests have raged since late November.
The moment provided a bit of inspiration for my latest piece at CatholicMom.com.
Is there a hobby, gift, or talent that has changed your life? Ever had to let go of it only to discover God was calling you to share the gift differently? It’s the question I pose at the end of my latest column for CatholicMom.com. I would be honored if you clicked on over and joined the discussion.