St. Francisco: The Boy Who Died Smiling

by Barb Ernster – The holiness of St. Francisco is hidden in the stories of Fatima. Putting it together, one sees Francisco’s advancement in the spiritual life during his time on earth, primarily in his devotion to the “Hidden Jesus.” Francisco died the morning of April 4, 1919, after a six-month battle with the Spanish […]

Our Human Journey is One of Bumps and Bruises

by David M. Carollo – Holy Week is approaching fast. As we look back on this Lent, most of us will certainly feel that we have not fulfilled the promises made on Ash Wednesday, when we planned a perfect period of abstinence and made a commitment to attaining perfection. Oh well, I guess that we are imperfect […]

Joseph, the Silent Servant King of Israel 

The Powerful Influence of Joseph in the Mission of his Son Jesus    by Kevin Burke, LSW and Theresa Burke, Ph.D. – This Lenten season, the Church will once again honor Saint Joseph on his feast day, March 20 (moved from March 19 due to falling on a Lenten Sunday). Like the humble adoptive father of […]

Spiritual Advice for Lent from St. Padre Pio

By Donal Anthony Foley – As we begin the Lenten season, we often think of ways to improve our spiritual lives. One way of doing this is to look at the spiritual advice St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina gave to his early followers. There is a long-standing connection between St. Pio and the World Apostolate […]

Lenten Lessons from Saints Francisco and Jacinta

By Donal Anthony Foley – We celebrate the feast day of Saints Francisco and Jacinta on February 20 and then, two days later, Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. And so, it is timely to see how the spirituality of the Little Shepherds can impact our own celebration of the Lenten season. But […]

You Are Not a Burden: The Gift of Receiving

by Michaelyn Hein – I lay prone on the couch, unable to sit up for fear of what I might cause to happen within my body. The doctor had given a clear warning. “I cannot promise you will not lose this baby,” he said. “You need to stay on bed rest for the next few […]

“Mommy, I want to see.” Modeling the Lessons of Lent

by Michaelyn Hein – Four years ago, I was in the process of helping my son prepare for his First Reconciliation. Together, we reviewed the Commandments and worked our way through an examination of conscience. We practiced aloud the Act of Contrition and reviewed the steps of a good confession, from “Bless me Father” to […]

The Imperfect Saints Model Our Lenten Journey to Holiness

by David M. Carollo I have always related to St. Peter. How many times do we hear of him as an angry man who overcomes his faults and moves closer to perfection? A trip to the Holy Land is not complete without a visit to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. It is built […]

The Fatima Seers and Lent

by Donal Anthony Foley – Catholics are living through Lent this year at the same time the world is gradually coming to terms with the COVID 19 pandemic – a pandemic that has caused widespread problems for people across the globe. If we go back 100 years, the Spanish flu was likewise wreaking havoc around […]

The history of Lent and fasting in the Church

by Donal Anthony Foley – We have once again entered the season of Lent, a season of the Church calendar that is difficult for many Catholics. We have the feeling that we should be doing more, but under the pressure of modern life, and perhaps a degree of selfishness, we are reluctant to take on […]

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