The here and now of it

Kids walking

I’ve been a full-time youth minister working with middle school and high students for the past six years, and it’s always amazing to hear their hearts, their dreams, and their visions for their lives.


How the saints help your Lent

Lady touching statue

We could explain saints by calling them the people we want to be. Or know we should want to be, even if we’re not feeling it. I love St. Pio, but I’m not keen on working as hard as he did and dealing with all those people. My love for him makes me want to be a little better at both than I am. Because he loved God so much, he makes me love God a little more.


St. Francis de Sales’ rules for Twitter

Doctors don’t seem to do this anymore, but when St. Francis de Sales was alive, they would judge a man’s health by the state of his tongue. So, he says, “our words are a true test of the state of our soul. Just as we put our hand quickly on the place that hurts, so too the tongue is quick to point out what we love.”


Let us lectio: The Baptism of the Lord

"The Baptism of Christ," from the Sistine Chapel. Pietro Perugino, 1482.

The title “Christ” means Anointed One. Anointings signify being set apart by God for a specific purpose. So, how is Jesus set apart? 


Following the light

This is an image of Italian artist Andrea Mantegna's 15th-century painting "Adoration of the Magi."

Night was falling at the end of a gray day. A few dozen silent, shabby figures were sitting at round tables waiting.