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The Rosary puts us in communion with Jesus through the heart of Mary
During my years as a Hospice volunteer, I had some very moving and meaningful experiences. One, in particular, stands out. More ...
Thursday, September 29, 2016

A virtual leap of faith
While reading, writing and arithmetic took up the majority of my time in grade school, there are very few specific classes that stick out in my mind.  More ...
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Listening at the keyholes: how to love better and learn more

When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Little choices make a big difference
Car manuals say the dashboard's oil light may stay on for a few seconds after you start the engine. But mine had been lit up for longer than that as I sat in the driveway. More ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Follow Pope Francis' example of 'Mercy Fridays'
It was all over Facebook when I checked my posts the other day. More ...
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Don't mess with Mother Nature
Catholic children learn the corporal and spiritual works of mercy (seven each) about the same time they learn the seven sacraments. More ...
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Young people need to talk with their grandparents!
For many young Catholics the defining moment of the summer took place in Poland, where Pope Francis joined over a million teens and young adults for World Youth Day. More ...
Saturday, September 17, 2016
How can Catholics relate to Mary?
Of all the aspects of Mary, her motherhood is the one that takes hold of the average Catholic. We can easily imagine the indescribable intimacy that exists between a mother and son. More ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Write your own story
Imagine a scenario where answering one question correctly could win you untold riches. The challenge is simple: "From a box of DVDs featuring movies you've never seen or heard of, can you pick one that's good?" More ...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Dreaming of the Caribbean: bold adventures, surprise homecomings
The phone call came when I was boiling sweet corn – suppertime on a hum-drum Sunday whose excitement peaked with a trip to the grocery store. More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
Scammed no more!
The time I spend to write this column was supposed to have been spent with a friend whom I have not seen in years. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016
Before canonization, faithful share memories of Mother Teresa's visit to Trenton
While the Monitor was working on its special edition to coincide with the canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata, many visitors flowed through the publication’s offices to talk about their experiences during the saint’s 1995 visit to Trenton. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016
Whom do we play for?
Amid all the Olympics coverage I watched, I was most taken by the women's basketball team. Their passion was mesmerizing and their tenacity in stepping up to all manner of challenges made me proud. In particular, I could not get over how repeatedly they were described as "unselfish." More ...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Feeding off life's sacred fire
Recently I was listening to a very discouraged man who, looking at the selfishness, greed, and violence in our world, blamed it all on the devil. “It must be the anti-Christ,” he said, “How else do you explain all this, so many people breaking basically every commandment. “ More ...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Make life better with fun, simple life hacks
Last year, I attended an event featuring a roundtable discussion between teens and the top executive of a national nonprofit organization. More ...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
A Mother to Many -- A humble, fearless and fully human saint
I approach Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s life as an observer, not as a biographer or theologian.  More ...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Move from empathy to action
One evening years ago, my family was sitting around the dinner table on a school night. Our oldest daughter, who had just turned 16 and gotten her driver's license, related that she had run over a squirrel on her way home from school. More ...
Monday, August 29, 2016
Fired with enthusiasm
Churchgoing Catholics heard Jesus speak to them from the Gospel of Luke on a mid-August Sunday this year. He said, "I have come to set the earth on fire" (Lk 12:49). More ...
Monday, August 29, 2016
Seven ways to avoid explaining the 'fiscal facts of life' to your children
Good news, moms and dads! It has never been easier to avoid having that awkward conversation with your children: explaining the fiscal facts of life. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016



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