Pope Francis is currently in Fatima Portugal for a two-day pilgrimage commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The centennial reminds us of our continued need for world peace and how it can only be attained through prayer and devotion to our Lord. Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, […]

The Reason to Hope event was held in the Chicago area last week. Representing the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 15 million caregivers it takes to care for them, my husband, Marshall Brodien, and I were honored with the Courage Award. We are grateful to the Illinois Alzheimer’s […]

One of the benefits of aging is the wisdom that comes with experience and time. We often develop a clearer understanding of complicated concepts as we progress through this life. When I was younger I wondered why Jesus left us. Why did he have to ascend into heaven? Couldn’t he have stayed here indefinitely for […]

  One of the challenges of selling a home is the removal of all meaningful items. Before placing the house on the market, family photos, awards, valuables, and religious articles must be packed away. The theory is that potential buyers need to imagine their things in the house and not be offset by yours. Good […]

“Providence” was one of St. Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin’s favorite words. “Trust in Providence” and “Lean on Providence” were her mottos. What’s more, she was a Sister of Providence in France and then the founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She truly placed her life and those of her community in the […]

Would you wear a rosary as a necklace? We rosary pray-ers know the power of the rosary. We feel peace from praying it and are assured of Mary’s closeness as we progress through the prayers and meditations. Simply holding it in our hands brings comfort on difficult days. However, as much as we love our rosary, […]

Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales present lessons for us to contemplate and take to heart. We can learn a great deal by looking closely at these stories and what Scripture would say about them. In The Tinder Box, the solider threw away his silver coins for gold ones. He also stole the tinder box, refusing […]