The Word is Life

RITUAL, RESILIENCE, AND RECOVERY

The soul-stirring pageantry during the opening of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress earlier this month in Budapest came as a gift after a time of pandemic fast from communal celebration. It was a display of faith and community, as Catholics celebrated...

Grieving with Our Lady of Sorrows

Today’s culture has begun to realize that recent decades of overzealous positivity have led to unsustainable expectations for happiness and success, often with dire consequences. The mantra in this burgeoning awareness of mental health is: “it’s okay not to be...

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

Since Pope Francis offered the world his reflections in the encyclical Laudato Si’, my consciousness of caring for creation has been notched up. I have always thought that by not littering, by recycling, reusing, reducing, composting, and not wasting food,...

HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL (AGAIN)

If “back to school” is starting to feel like a regular occurrence, that’s no surprise. Families and educators have had countless stops and starts to the school year since March 2020, and plans for the weeks and months ahead are...

Transfiguration of the Lord

Have you ever been in a time and a place where everything seemed to be just perfect? Perhaps for just a few moments, on a beach at sunset or, perhaps, for a few years, a time when family life was...

Well Wounded

This year, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola has an extra sparkle. Not only is today Ignatius Day for Jesuits around the world, it also comes nestled within the Ignatian Year. Five centuries ago, while fighting willfully a hopeless...

ST. MARTHA

The women of the gospels are significant to us in so many ways. They are models of faith and discernment, and they give us a glimpse into the community of Jesus. Martha is an example and she is a significant...

APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES – AND TO US!

We can hardly be surprised that with so many women named Mary in the New Testament there is a little confusion around which event refers to which Mary. Add a number of accounts of un-named women and the confusion only...

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY – PRACTICAL ADVICE

When it comes to our relationship with the Blessed Mother, it is valuable for our own prayer life to see how the liturgical celebration of the Immaculate Heart has been presented to us, and to see how the changes over...