Marriage enrichment: Find your own George Bailey in your life

The lives of the writer’s family would be been much different if not for the faith of an older sister By Marian Christiana Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus. It is one thing to be prepared to welcome Jesus but quite another …

He dwells among us: Holy exchange of gifts

As God gathers us to Himself in holy sacrifice, what do we bring to Mass? By Bishop Richard F. Stika “That my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” –Luke 2:19 Trying to find the ideal gift to give a loved one or a friend can …

Praying for perspective: Believing in Christmas

The Christ Child inspires children of all ages to keep the faith; good ol’ St. Nick is another story By George Valadie When did it happen to you? I remember as if it were yesterday. I know the place and the time, who was there and who was not. The …

For our salvation: We are here to fulfill our human nature

Christ restores human nature to the dignity it held before the Fall By Bob Hunt “He who is the “image of the invisible God” is himself the perfect man who has restored in the children of Adam that likeness to God which had been disfigured ever since the first sin. …

Arguing for the existence of God

The perfection of nature indicates how much more perfect He himself must be by Josie Boder One can argue for the existence of God, of goodness, of forgiveness for days on end with arbitrary purpose and forgotten necessity. Too often, life enslaves our minds and tethers us too close to …

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Praying for perspective: Learn one for the Gipper

Whether doggie day school or kids in college, teaching done right is a blessing to behold By George Valadie Have you ever sworn that you would never do something? I don’t mean the bad stuff or the real important—like breaking vows or committing sins. I mean the everyday stuff. Have …

He dwells among us: What are you afraid of?

Open wide the doors of your heart to Christ as you pray and discern His plans for you By Bishop Richard F. Stika In St. Peter’s inspired words of faith in response to the question of Jesus — “Who do you say that I am?” — we discover the source …

Marriage Enrichment: Attending the World Meeting of Families in Dublin

Pilgrims ‘had the wonderful privilege to be part of a weeklong celebration . . . with people from all over the world’ By Marian Christiana Wow! What an experience! The World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, is now part of the history of the Church and its people. …

He dwells among us: Defend us in battle

Pray to St. Michael and our guardian angels to protect us from Satan’s evil desires By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15) It is said the devil‘s greatest accomplishment is convincing people, and especially clergy, that he does not exist. Satan is never more …

Praying for perspective: What did Jesus write in the sand?

Was he asking for safety for the woman caught in adultery, whom he was about to forgive, or was he praying for us? By George Valadie Like many of you, I’m running out of words. Though I seem to have no shortage of anger. All in all, I’m having real …

Praying for perspective: Frogs make the heart grow fonder

A spouse’s absence can be a nearly unpardonable offense By George Valadie Well, I’ve discovered one really good thing. I know she can’t live without me … I think. I’ve known for a few years that she’s needed me — or someone — to operate the remotes. But now it’s …

He dwells among us: Justice in 10 words

The relationship that binds all others in love is the key to justice and peace in our world By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Do justice for the weak and the orphan; give justice to the poor and afflicted.” (Psalm 82:3) There are so many cries today for justice and so …