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The Word Is Life

St. Clare and the Eucharist

For those working in pastoral ministry, keeping a healthy balance in the parish is a constant task. Communities, like the individual people that constitute them, have tendencies to lean towards their preferred models and predispositions. Without correctives, this leads to imbalance. One common area of tension is between action and contemplation. Some parishes focus so…

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Have you ever seen a sunrise or sunset and been mesmerized by its beauty? Or Aurora Borealis on a dark winter’s night? Those are the only experiences that I have had that could come close to what the disciples experienced with Jesus’ transfiguration. My experiences were natural phenomena. Jesus himself was transfigured. Once, when I…

The conclusion of the Year of the Family

There is a good reason the family is often called the “domestic church.” More than the actual churches, more than the schools, youth groups, movements, etc., the family is the most influential factor in determining the future faith lives of young Catholics. Parents have long been recognized as the primary teachers of their children. “Little…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

I am particularly excited this Mother’s Day as my daughter gave birth last week (Aliyah Charlotte), and this is her first Mother’s Day. As I reflect on her new role as Mom, I marvel at the love and dedication she shows for her wee baby. Gifted mothers continually manifest their love in all of daily…

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD

God of all humanity, We pray for peace. We pray that all families know safety and comfort, that children can live and play without fear, and that countries reach out to each other with understanding and mutual care. We pray that leaders make global peace their united goal. Send your Spirit to comfort those in…