Gift of enough, buy here https://hubs.ly/H0tqnRF0
 
Subscribe

A Meditation on God and Creation

Image: Thad Zajdowicz. On display at the Renwick Gallery, Janet Echelman's 1.8, 2015 is a creation of knotted and braided fiber with programmable lighting and wind movement above printed textile flooring.  Picture a creator in your mind. What are they creating? Maybe it is a work of art or a piece of music? Maybe they are creating a computer game or a new plan for the city? Or something else entirely. What are some characteristics of this creator? What is the process by which they are creating? How long does it take? Is it done from beginning to end, without corrections? Or do they keep revisiting the creation, tweaking it here and there to make it better?
Read More

Year of Mercy: 'You Visited Me'

Image; Pope Francis greets prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) When Pope Francis makes a stop at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia in September as part of his U.S. visit, it may seem like part of the pope’s usual routine. His visits to prisons as part of his pastoral journeys to other countries has become part and parcel of the pope’s style, just as it had been for St. John Paul II to visit pockets of the Polish diaspora during his well-traveled pontificate. But visiting fellow countrymen once removed is one thing. Visiting criminals and crime suspects is quite another.
Read More

Pope Francis and the Three P's: Patience, Politics, and Prayer

The pope has challenged bishops, telling them that they must not compromise on their ministry for fear of making mistakes. They must not sit in their churches, merely inviting people to come in. They must have the courage to go out and to walk with people, even when they are walking away from the Church.
Read More

Words of Wisdom from Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is known for her radiant smile and the joy of Christ that she brought to all she met, even in the most challenging circumstances. She taught us to live in joy, simplicity, humble surrender to Jesus, thankfulness, and, above all, a heart filled with God’s love. These keys will unlock the gift of joy in every thirsting heart. The following words are from Mother Teresa.
Read More

A Young Pope Francis Goes to Confession

Image: CNS. Father Bergoglio is expected at the other side of Buenos Aires for a day of recollection. He is in a hurry. He still has to catch the train.He leaves his office, passes along the corridor, and enters the chapel. He pauses before the Blessed Sacrament. He prays in silence, entrusting to the Lord the talk he is going to give. He then immediately rushes out toward the exit.
Read More

Year of Mercy: Watershed of Grace in Flint

Image: Residents of Flint, Mich., watch a live feed of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy testify March 17 in Washington at House hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Mich. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters) The ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a reminder for Catholics in suburban parishes of their responsibility in this Year of Mercy to reach out to people in need in urban centers, said Father David A. Hannes. The parish, which is in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, has strong links to Flint. It was founded there in the early 20th century; its first church was built in the city center in 1917, at the corner of North Street and Addison Street.
Read More

My Son, My Hero: A Father's Day Reflection

When my wife, Vicki, and I were told that our son, Brandon, had a severe case of autism, we were stunned. This was a little boy who knew his alphabet at 18 months and spent hours looking at books. Vicki and I pursued all sorts of therapies and cures. We even took him to Lourdes in France five years ago. But nothing seemed to help.
Read More

Trust in the Lord

Image: Henderson State University. If there’s one thing that has become clear to me over the past year, it’s that I need to get better at trusting the Lord.  The past 10 months marked the last two semesters of my college career, and during those months, I couldn’t help but feel at least a little afraid of what was coming after I finished school.  I had no idea what I would be doing once I graduated—no job lined-up, no sure-fire business connections that would land me a position in my field as soon as I grabbed my diploma. 
Read More

Families, Faith, and Social Values

  In the 1980s, when I was a young Franciscan priest, I served as a rural pastor in the Philippines. It was a graced time in my life. I could visit and spend time with the people of the villages. Children in the rural villages were raised in a strong communal context. Everybody knew everybody else. Children were taught by the example of the adults around them, as well as by the example of their own older siblings.
Read More

Finding the Purpose of Suffering

It's been months since the loss of my grandmother, but my family is still stinging from the thought that we won’t be able to see her the way we did. Grandma spent these last years in a nursing home. As my mind wanders, I think, selfishly, that my routines will change. I won’t be able to pick up hot donuts on my trips to New York and swing by to have an early morning visit with her.
Read More