Tag Archives: God

Presenting to the Father What Belongs to Him

After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed their obligation to Hebrew Law and journeyed to Jerusalem. At great physical and financial challenge, they went to the temple for purification, to offer sacrifices, and present Jesus to the Lord. Scripture says, “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as […]

Living a Saintly Life

All Christians are called to be saints, holy people believed to be close to God. This goal is achieved by striving to hold God in the center of our life. When God is in the forefront of our every thought, word, and action, we move closer to the Almighty One. In Seven Principles of Sainthood […]

Soulful Connections

When we’re feeling like God isn’t listening, it’s good to remember that we’re the ones who aren’t paying attention. God is in everyone and everything, including us. God is definitely paying attention 24/7. Every now and then we run into someone who we feel so very comfortable with it’s like we’ve known them forever. I […]

Good vs Evil

The wicked queen in the The Wild Swans. The weavers in The Emperor’s New Clothes. The evil goblin in The Snow Queen. There’s no doubt in most fairy tales as to who is good and who is evil. Bad characters do all the bad actions, and good ones are all good. In real life, the […]

Peace Begins with You and Me

What a tumultuous world we live in. No one can dispute the fact that our world is in turmoil. Economic disparity, religious conflicts, racial and gender discrimination, substance abuse, greed, jealousy, and vengefulness are global flash points. At any moment, in any location, our fragile film of peace can, and often does, rip open into […]

Sing for Joy

-The Nightingale Then the Nightingale sang, and so enchantingly that the tears came into the Emperor’s eyes and ran down over his cheeks. The Nightingale sang a second time, and still more sweetly, and the song went straight to the heart. The Emperor was so well pleased that he said the Nightingale should have his […]

Memorare

We have many powerful prayers to Mary, but perhaps the most beloved is the Memorare. The prayer is excerpted from a much longer 15-century one known as the “Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria. By the 16th century, a French priest named Father Claude Bernard was teaching this shortened version to prisoners condemned to […]

Reaching Towards Sainthood

We live in a remarkable age to have so many saints canonized in our lifetime that we’ve gotten to know up close and personal.Because of public media, we’ve seen Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, Padre Pio, and Mother Teresa on video, television, or social media, and heard them on the radio. Many people also […]

Rosary in Your Hand

What’s the best rosary to pray on? The one you will use. There are so many rosaries to choose from. They come in every color, made of every imaginable product, and range greatly in price. Crystal, plastic, pearl, semi-precious stones, seeds, and wood. And the crosses and medals vary as much as the beads. When […]

Fairy Tale Lives

Hans Christian Andersen said, “Every person’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” Why do we love fairy tales? Is it the conflict between good and evil, the drama, and endless possibilities? Or is it the happy ending that we so enjoy? God created us with free will and an array of unique talents. We […]