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Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of Prayer for the Sick

When you are sick or feeling like you are coming down with something nasty, what do you want? Most people will answer that they want their mothers, even if they are adult. Today is the Marian Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous multiple times in Lourdes, France in 1858….

The Conversion of a Lifetime

A great light from heaven shone about him and a voice spoke, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” This how Saul, a persecutor of Christians, became St. Paul, arguably one of the most influential saints in the history of Christianity. For most of us, conversion is less dramatic. Rarely is it accompanied by signs…

God’s grace in the now

Many of us go through life with regrets and worries. Some of these are unavoidable and even unsought as we live our daily lives on this planet. Yet both can put pressure on our moments and, many times, rob us of the graces and gifts that are right before our very eyes. Too often we…

All Saints Day

Saints are the ultimate role models of holiness and goodness. Our Church invites us to emulate the saints and to follow their example of virtue and prayerfulness. Catholic parents once had the practice of selecting a saint’s name for their children so the children would have a patron saint to guide them on their faith…

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The liturgical tradition does not have a ceremony for every scenario of loss, but it does offer a rich ritual repertoire from which we can draw inspiration and hope. On this The Word is Life blog, I am exploring how the liturgical year can help us to ritually recognize, hold and welcome the grief of…