That I may gain Christ: Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Saints, by their lives, recall and proclaim the beauty and wonder of God in their own particular way. In doing so they declare the mission of God who loved us so much He gave us Christ and through Him, all goodness and love.


Love, like bread, needs to be made and remade

My mother may not have been the best of cooks, but there was never a night or a Sunday afternoon when she didn’t put a home cooked meal on the table in spite of working every day. 


Lift high the cross: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The great hymn in Philippians is the earliest recorded hymn of the Christian faith. I love this hymn because of a specific word that is used, “exalted.” In the hymn, it states that Jesus “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 


A Word to Young Parents: Don’t Be Scared Peter

School’s just started again. I’d like to say a word to young parents about your children’s education. My children hate this, but let me talk about what I did when I was your age, and what I know now that I’m older. (My eldest child will say things like, “Yeah, Dad, but Abraham Lincoln isn’t president anymore.”)


The blessings of friendship through the turns of life

Entering Carmel is a touching experience, because when you ring the doorbell a tender voice says, “Praised be Jesus Christ, who is it?”  I am always tempted to chant “’tis I, Mary Kathryn, your faithful friend!”


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