Pray for Priests

I will never forget, nearly thirty years ago, I was pushing a double stroller through the mall, visibly pregnant with number three, and, I suppose, looking a little haggard. An older gentleman appeared out of nowhere and said to me, “Good job, Mama!” He made my day! Another time I was traveling on the bus […]

Coming Home

  When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by adoption. I was born into a loving family, but I thought the idea of being “chosen” was far more interesting and it really intrigued me. I would read and write stories about being chosen for adoption. They were always wonderful experiences. There were still […]

Charity is not Passive

Father Thomas Berg, whose book, Hurting in the Church: a Way Forward for Wounded Catholics, which was recommended here last week, wrote recently about what he called the “elephant in the room”. The Church’s elephant in the room is our pervasive uncharity. It’s the sad reality that we far too often fail, and fail miserably […]

Hurting in the Church

It is a sad reality that many Catholics have been hurt by the Church. These hurts run very deep because the Church represents Christ on earth and we expect to receive His unconditional love through His Church. Although this is an unrealistic expectation, as I have frequently observed, nevertheless we should feel completely at ease […]

Know Your Audience!

I recently heard an excellent catechesis on the distinction between venial and mortal sin, complete with illustrative props and an amusing subtext. I thought to myself that second graders preparing for their first confession would enjoy and remember it. Unfortunately, this catechesis was not being offered to second grade children, in fact, not really to […]

Preaching Beyond the Choir

I have been reading a little lately about the poor quality of Catholic homilies, inspired as it were, from recent experience. Catholics are notoriously poor at preaching compared to their Protestant counterparts. There are legitimate reasons for this – the homily is not the focal point of the Mass and is generally limited to under […]