St. Mother Teresa and Spiritual Desolation

When I read Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta I had to stop right around chapter 8. I knew St. Mother Teresa had experienced a time of spiritual desolation but reading her own words about it was hard. I didn’t want to go there. I didn’t want to consider what that was like for…

Why St. Martha Should Be a Role Model

Many of us have a saint or two whom we can relate to and we want to emulate. One of my favorites is St. Martha (feast day: July 29). We see Martha several times in Scripture, and the first introduction to her is not very flattering. But in her later appearances, we see a woman who grows and becomes a…

How Mother Teresa Set the World on Fire

St. Teresa of Calcutta proved these words to be true, “If you are everything God made you to be, you will set the world on fire” (attributed to St. Catherine of Siena). Fr. Mark-Mary’s heart was set on fire after hearing St. Teresa’s story, and that’s what led him to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. St. Teresa lived a…

St. Teresa’s Flying Novena May Have Saved This Parish Fair

When Mother Teresa was walking among us here on earth, my Catholic faith was not mature enough to understand how significant she was. Now, years later, she is St. Teresa of Calcutta and it is beginning to sink in. The Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded after years of waiting for approval from the pope, is built on absolute…

Our Passports to Paradise Are the Poor

I wish I had eyes and faith like my children do. Being back in America for a few months they are now pointing out every single poor and homeless person at every intersection we pass by.  “Awe daddy, we missed him because the light was green, but maybe we can stop and help him on the way back . .…

Pairing Your Children with Saints

There are over 10,000 saints canonized by the Catholic Church. Today, Jeff shares a number of inspiring saints children will love and invites us to pair our children with saints so they always have role models in heaven they can relate to and imitate.  While the saints are not divine, they are perfected Christians who have finished the race and…

The Immaculate Heart and Interior Life of Mary

“There is no storm that can shipwreck the most sweet heart of Mary. When you see the squall coming, if you seek safety in the firm refuge that is Mary, there will be no danger of your being hurled off course or going down.” St. Josemaría Escrivá  On June 20, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.…

Family: Your Shortcut to Holiness

Fr. Mike explains how being at home with our family is one of God’s favorite ways to make us holy—if we are honest about the areas where we need to grow in our relationships with family members. Fr. Mike has observed that college students often have a profound encounter with Jesus through their college’s Catholic community. They find that they…

Family: Your Shortcut to Holiness

Fr. Mike explains how being at home with our family is one of God’s favorite ways to make us holy—if we are honest about the areas where we need to grow in our relationships with family members. Fr. Mike has observed that college students often have a profound encounter with Jesus through their college’s Catholic community. They find that they…

The Reason Jesus Went into the Desert (A Lenten Commentary)

“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst … He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta For many, Lent is a time to give up something so as to go with less; one might give up chocolate and television or give a…

A Guide to Marian Prayer

She stands as a holy sentinel, directing and pointing. “Do whatever he tells you.” Five simple words of great wisdom, they take what seems complicated and make it accessible. “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). It echoes God the Father when he said, “listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). Everything about Mary points to Jesus. I see her as at…

13 Books that Should Be on Every Catholic’s Bookshelf

I love God. I also love books. When I can combine the two, it is a good day. The array of available Catholic books is vast and I wish I could hit pause on my life, curl up on my patio, and read for eleven years. Alas, that’s not possible. Maybe heaven has a library … For now I am…
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