The Sandwich Generation

They call us the “Sandwich Generation”; we are predominantly middle-aged women that have become primary caretakers of an aging parent while still raising little ones at home.  I am a homeschooling mother of 8 children, ranging in age from 5 to 25, and I became a member of this uniquely...

December 3, 2018 by FamiliesFullyAlive

A Lay Person's Pathway to Doing the Lord's Loving Will

I can't help but love Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict the XVIs' 1992 joint-writing endeavor, the Catechism of The Catholic Church, as the...

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Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

In the first year of seminary studies I had a professor named Don Jaime. That would be something like Professor James in English, but I'll...

October 26, 2018 by Fr. Colum Power

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Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

In the first year of seminary studies I had a professor named Don Jaime. That would be something like Professor James in English, but I'll just call him Don Jaime (pronounced Hi-may). 

Don Jaime had a tough reputation. He was an Augustinian priest and he gave us classes in Logic, Ancient Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy; three important subjects. If you arrived late for class the door was locked. He asked questions in class, and woe to you if you didn't have an answer. When he called you out to the blackboard to solve a mathematical problem during Logic classes, you sweated. 

Too Catholic

When I first met my husband, he seemed to me to be – too Catholic. I was disengaged from religion for the past ten years and had the more or less accepted theory that God was a placebo for believers. I thought that my husband was from another world - not ours, that's for sure, because he would think things that nobody else I knew thought. Either that or he was from the last century. Old-fashioned, I thought ... someone who liked to exaggerate; sometimes he seemed weird, strange, and incomprehensible.

Lessons from the Latrine

Jesus said, "What enters the mouth passes to the stomach and is expelled in the latrine." It's the Word of God. Our Lord is not squeamish about telling it like it is, in any context. I quote His words by way of preparation for an anecdote related to toilets.

The Bench

On Holy ground, barefoot steps fall,
Mommy look, there is a man!  One child ahead calls.
I approach and tears instantly flow without a sound.
You were disguised as I hesitated to draw closer to the mound.
Too often rejected, it is Christ Jesus we have found.

Blessed Elisabeth Canori

There are two things that I think about when I read about the life of Blessed Elisabeth Canori . The first is that her life was no different from many women today who are abused by their husbands. Of course this is something cruel, but such abuse has repeated itself throughout history. When thinking about such harsh treatment, how different it is to see such unjust or difficult situations when viewed from the eyes of faith and trust in God.

Changing Tracks: Sr. Megan Conway, S.H.M.

Sr. Megan´s parents did all that they could to bring her and her siblings up in the faith. She received a Catholic education at home and at school. Sr. Megan went to a "Catholic-by-name" college. Everything seemed to be going well -- she got good grades and was playing soccer. She resisted the party scene... at first. But the peer pressure from her soccer team won her over in the end and brought her down so far that she nearly lost her faith. She decided to transfer schools, but her party scene lifestyle wasn´t so easy to shake. It wasn't until she met a "hippy" in her Theology class that things finally started to change for Sr. Megan

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