Category: Feature

The Power of Words

If you have ever been teased or bullied, you know the power that words have to build up or destroy. My family moved to the Detroit suburbs when I was in the middle of seventh grade. I left a Catholic...

The Power of Words

Connecting with Children’s Hearts

About five years ago, I volunteered to direct our parish children’s choir. The previous director had moved from the parish and I could see how much it pained our music director to lose this ministry. So, with nothing more than...

Connecting with Children’s Hearts

Living the Richness of Our Faith

After the simplicity and austerity of Lent, the 50 days of Easter can seem like an avalanche of sacramental and devotional gifts. About seven or eight years ago, my husband and I arrived at Church 30 minutes before Mass to...

Living the Richness of Our Faith

Accompaniment in the Life of a Missionary Disciple

Pope Francis reminds us that the accompaniment aspect of becoming a disciple offers us a chance to be truly present to others, especially to those who are struggling. —Living as Missionary Disciples Accompaniment is one of the four steps in...

Accompaniment in the Life of a Missionary Disciple

The Improvised Life

This article is dedicated to Paul Fahey who by a post published on SmartCatholics galvanized some volatile thoughts to come together and form an article. Thank you, Paul! I enjoy reading articles about science–when they are written in a way...

The Improvised Life

Help in Listening for God’s Voice

When I was a young teenager, I spent a lot of time riding around the neighborhood on my bike or walking in the fields while asking that age-old question: “What do I want to do with my life?” As for...

Help in Listening for God’s Voice

Planning Ahead for an Easter Season with Children

We spend so much time and energy on the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we are often spiritually exhausted by the time the last “Alleluia!” rings out on Easter Sunday. After the Easter chocolate has been unwrapped...

Planning Ahead for an Easter Season with Children

Remembering Our History

A few weeks ago, we watched a CBS 60 Minutes Presents segment about a project run by the USC Shoah Foundation. They record intensely detailed interviews with Holocaust survivors; using artificial intelligence, they are then able to use these interviews...

Remembering Our History

More Lessons from the 49ers

We saw in an earlier article how the experiences of miners during the Gold Rush can illustrate some facets of the discernment of spirits. An inexperienced gold miner could mistake pyrite or Fool’s Gold for real gold and be led...

More Lessons from the 49ers

Understanding Ourselves

My family has a tradition of creating collages of items that ground or inspire us—pictures, quotes, and various other odds and ends. I’ve created such collections at home and at work. They serve as a sort of public declaration, proclaiming,...

Understanding Ourselves

Finding Balance

During my junior year of college, I decided to take a semester of ballet. Though I was a Notre Dame student, I was a theatre major and, during the 1980s, most of the theatre courses were held at Saint Mary’s...

Finding Balance

Church on the Move

In the late 1980s, I traded in my computer for a chalkboard, swapped advertising clients for high school students, and became a religion teacher. Within a few weeks of my first day at that all-girls Catholic high school, we had...

Church on the Move