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Recognizing Jesus in the needy

The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus that we read during the Easter season is one of my favorites. I often wonder if I would have recognized the Lord walking the path with me. Hopefully I would, but like the disciples, I may have not. During these Sundays after Easter the Scripture […]


Eight Portraits of Love: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Editor’s note: This is the final part of a series for Lent. At a time when our society is discussing and debating health care, social assistance and immigration, it is helpful to look to the saints. The message of the Gospel is often dismissed as if it has nothing to offer, yet the examples of […]


Eight Portraits of Love: St. Katharine Drexel

Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Lent. Poverty. Ignorance. Racism. Violence. Each of these words has a power and a reality that is harsh and calls out for conversion and help. Each of them can seem daunting. In the face of such difficulties, what are we to do as Christian believers? In […]


We give glory to God by being light bearers to the world

A hymn we sing at Mass has a refrain that goes something like this, “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before all, that they may see the good that you do and give glory to God.” It is good to reflect periodically on if and how our life brings light […]


Eight Portraits of Love: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Lent. When I was in high school, someone in the parish gave me a copy of the life of a holy Native American woman and said that I should read it. I had never really read a life of a holy person before, and so I […]


Eight Portraits of Love: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Lent. The challenge to understand mercy and to forgive others can be daunting tasks. We are each called to be heralds of mercy, and yet this is oftentimes easier said than done. We all need God’s grace, and positive examples to help us.


Constant contact: It’s about the relationship

I met recently with someone whose new company has designed a software program to help sales professionals maintain a healthy level of sales activity while staying in touch with their clients and prospective clients. The challenge for this young company is communicating the program’s key differences and competitive advantages in an already crowded field of […]


Listen to your distractions

When I first became a Sister of the Holy Cross it was the practice to meditate for an hour a day. To a 17-year-old extravert this hour seemed like an eternity. I operated under the notion that good prayer happened only when you were totally focused on God and God alone. With so much time, […]


Eight Portraits of Love: Gianna Beretta Molla

Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Lent. The teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church can sometimes seem abstract and removed from our lives. The questions surrounding human life, women’s issues, parenthood, and sexuality are all areas where church teaching seems disconnected with everyday events. The lives of the saints, however, […]


Eight Portraits of Love: St. Josephine Bakhita

Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Lent. Some years ago, an acquaintance told me that the Christian faith does not understand the horror of human trafficking or the enduring struggles of freed slaves. I pointed out that the Catholic Church is very concerned, and is one of the few voices in the […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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