St. John Paul II’s The Hope of Everyday

One of my dearest friends knows that I try to grow in self-understanding by continuing to see my faults, weaknesses, and sins…and “walk away” from them toward the path of virtue and holiness. That’s why she sent me a gift called “Self-Authoring,” a guided reflection...
The Posture of Receptivity

The Posture of Receptivity

As we begin the new Liturgical Year (which always points us to eternity), a central concept in the Theology of the Body comes to mind: Gift. “All of creation is to be received as a gift.” Notice the word received. Not just some things but everything is to be received...
Our Identity: Rooted in Gratitude

Our Identity: Rooted in Gratitude

Psalm 116:12, 17 “What shall I return to the Lord     for all his bounty to me? … I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice     and call on the name of the Lord.” (Ps. 116:12, 17) The American holiday of Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of the importance of...

Halloween, Holiness, and Happiness

As Halloween approaches, I think about candy and haunted houses, Trick or Treat and the color orange, spooky decorations, and the World Series. But perhaps I need to be reminded that Halloween originated as a celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, the day before we...

The Beauty Beyond the Fall

Psalm 90:10 The days of our life are seventy years,     or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble;     they are soon gone, and we fly away. This October marks ten years since I lost one of my good college friends who died...