Surprisingly modern insights from an old children's book

I recently started seeing a priest for spiritual direction. The first book he recommended was a pretty obvious choice, An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, filled with short, thought-provoking, spiritually challenging meditations. The second book he gave me was a bit of a surprise.

Proclaim the Gospel - Starting With Those You Know

The Easter season is in full swing. After our journey through the desert of Lent and the solemn celebrations of the Triduum, we now bask in the glow of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

A cloud of witnesses cheers us on toward heaven

By virtue of spending more than 30 years in Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Church I have garnered a nice following on social media. While there are times that my newsfeed is awash with vitriolic opinions that run the gamut of every political preference, social convention, spiritual philosophy and discipline — along with a wide variety of personal drama and trauma — there are also times when my social media feed blesses me beyond words.