Secretly Cynical, Surprised by Joy on Christmas Morning

  Do we wait for Christmas morning with a joyful expectation or has life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed to any spiritual surprises or gifts from God? Many of us are actually just like Scrooge, that traditional symbol for someone who has been so wounded by disappointment and jaded by life that he cannot…… Continue reading Secretly Cynical, Surprised by Joy on Christmas Morning

Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

  There are many people today who do not think being single is simply a default choice or a temporary state. After years of struggling to find their unique vocation, men and women are discovering they are not called to marriage or a specific religious community. They still want to solemnly vow to live their…… Continue reading Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12 is the feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.   In 1521 – Our Blessed Mother appeared to San Juan Diego on the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. It is a marvelous story to tell children. To prove that he had really seen Mary, when Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop…… Continue reading Joyful Art Celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

Why We Have a Large Family

Even though my large family has faced hard times and even suffered, I could not imagine life without every one of my kids in my life. I did not plan on having a large family; I had never even held a baby before our firstborn. I had moved east with Michael after our first baby was…… Continue reading Why We Have a Large Family

Worth Revisiting: Christ the King in Glorious Artwork

In 1925, in an encyclical entitled Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemnity of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, as “the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ.”  Pope Pius’s insights are powerful; in order for Jesus to be enthroned as King, he must first reign in…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Christ the King in Glorious Artwork

Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

  It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and messy. Yet it’s precisely in the complexity and messiness where some of the most important answers in life are found. The good news is no matter how confused…… Continue reading Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

Worth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents,  Joachim and Anne,  had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter,…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation