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The Word Is Life

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…

GOOD FRIDAY

Jesus asks:  Will my death mean anything in two millennia? Will it give home to those who must flee their country because bombs are falling on their homes?” Will it give courage to youth who see adults not able to sustain commitments to each other or to their children?” Will it give comfort to elderly…

The Example of St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish. It is the day, when those of us who are Irish by culture and heritage are chuffed full of a pride that overflows into vibrant celebration. It is also a day when those who are not Irish brandish green and shamrock decorated hats and shirts, and for one…