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Behind a good, effective team, there is a servant leader
From childhood, young people are constantly told that they are the leaders of the future. A good leader can foster a spirit of collaborative teamwork that delivers positive results. More ...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Through the Heart of Mary
An ancient history of the Carmelite Order recounts a statement made by St. Dominic in 1208 A.D. in which he declared, “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, she [Mary] will save the world.” More ...
Monday, August 13, 2018
A slur that cuts deep
“He’s a loser!” “ You’re a loser!”  Among all the hurtful slurs we mindlessly utter this particular one is perhaps the most hurtful and damaging. More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018
Memories made, lessons learned at our family table
The solid maple dining table is considered vintage now. If things go as I pray they will, it’s well on its way to becoming a cherished antique. More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018
The sweetest thing of all
One of the most captivating songs in the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," is "If I Were a Rich Man." More ...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Three traits young people crave from the church
This fall, bishops from every corner of the globe will gather in Rome to discuss the church's ministry to youth and young adults. Pope More ...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Summer enchantment
For prayer, I sit next to a window by a small tiered terrace. During summer, it overflows with red dragon wing begonias interspersed with pink hydrangeas and slender curly stalks of the praying hands plant that sends shoots of flowers skyward. More ...
Monday, August 6, 2018
Standing on new borders
A particularly powerful Gospel story recounts Jesus meeting with a Syro-Phoenician woman. Central to that story is where their encounter takes place. More ...
Monday, August 6, 2018
Keep holy the commute and the car pool
Our minivan is one big silver stereotype. More ...
Friday, August 3, 2018
Our story in the age of big data
I just returned from a conference in Silicon Valley hosted by Santa Clara University where we talked about what "big data" means for the church. More ...
Friday, August 3, 2018
Standing on new borders
A particularly powerful Gospel story recounts Jesus meeting with a Syro-Phoenician woman. Central to that story is where their encounter takes place. More ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Examples on how to live lives of joy
The thing I remember most about St. Teresa of Kolkata was her joy. I met her three times in my life. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
To the friends I've known
Recently, reading Commonweal magazine, I was struck by this line by Jerry Ryan, a Little Brother of Jesus: “I have lost contact with so many people who meant a lot to me at different stages of my life, people I loved dearly and really cared for and who had given me so much and made me what I am.” More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The music of the Sacraments
In the life of the Catholic Church, the seven sacraments are visible signs or rituals instituted by Christ that serve as channels of God’s supernatural grace. There’s More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Humble service and merciful love to America
On Aug. 30, the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, we Little Sisters of the Poor will launch a jubilee year celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Congregation’s arrival in the United States. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
Jesus and the Bible
Of the approximately 107 Billion human beings that have lived and died on planet Earth, Jesus Christ was by far the most outstanding, the most influential, and the most revered. He only lived 33 years among us. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
'Change is painful'
Speaking at a recent ordination of new priests in Ireland, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said changes in the today's culture must lead to changes in the church -- particularly as it pertains to young people. More ...
Friday, July 20, 2018
For Jesus, the master teacher, stories were a powerful tool
When I get a late call from my daughter-in-law, my worried grandmother persona takes over as I answer the phone. More ...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018



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