Our Hearts are Battle Ground States 9

Gospel Reflection on Mark 10, 17-30, by Fr Jason Smith LC

They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,”Then who can be saved?”Jesus looked at them and said,”For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”

It struck me this morning while celebrating Mass that we ask God for mercy eight times. Are we really that bad? More…

3 Approaches to Jesus in the Year of Faith 17

By Fr Edward Hopkins

Fr Edward Hopkins

This week the Church begins the “Year of Faith” called by Pope Benedict. October 11 marks the 50th anniversary of the 2nd Vatican Council. Why a year of Faith?

The Pope reminds us that we need to rediscover our journey of faith, which includes rediscovering a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God. In his words: More…

Will the Real St. Francis Please Stand Up? 26

Giotto — Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata

I am a worm, not a man. — Psalm 22:6

Everyone loves Saint Francis. Catholics, non-Catholics, non-Christians… It doesn’t matter. You don’t need to be a Franciscan to have a statue of the austere, rustic, peace-loving, animal-loving St. Francis in your lawn or garden, like this one. More…

Little Things Done with Great Love: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux 5

Six Mondays until the General Election…

And I decided not to write about that today, because today is the memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. So it seems more appropriate not to write about mundane things today.

Thérèse of Lisieux — 1873-1897


5 Fun Facts about Archangels 39

Two great things about today’s Feast

First, it’s a feast! So we need to celebrate like it’s a feast.

Second, it’s a feast to honor the Mighty Archangels, which gives us an opportunity to talk about something completely different for a change. More…

Praying When We’re Busy (And We’re All Busy) 21

Fr Jason Smith

I went to Manhattan yesterday to get a wisdom tooth pulled. Thankfully the dentist was so adroit I was left with an hour or two of leisure to snap pictures of the city and Grand Central as I waited for the train. More…

If You Could Tell the World One Thing Today, What Would You Tell It? 12

September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world