How To See God In The Homeless

If you want to see God in the homeless, ponder this quote. We are all made in His divine image, so even those who society has shunned can be a deep source of encounter with Christ. Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves and Fishes has more to teach us on the matter, so make sure to check out this awesome short, artistic documentary!

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Do you have a heart for the poor? Enjoy this excerpt from The Father: 30 Meditations to Draw You Into the Heart of God.

A Heart For The Poor

The following is an excerpt from The Father: 30 Meditations to Draw You Into the Heart of God. One of the rules of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal is to live in an area noted for the poverty. If a neighborhood’s economic status improves too much—that is, becomes “gentrified,” to use a popular term—we […]

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St. Martin De Porres | 8 Facts To Know

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Lessons From The Underground Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia

In my new book, When the Sickle Swings: Stories of Catholics Who Survived Communist Oppression, I document the testimonies of heroic Catholics who kept the faith despite persecution by hostile regimes the world over. I was privileged to interview survivors of communism whose stories unfolded in the political prisons of Cuba, the escape routes from […]

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UPRISE: A Global Catholic Movement Promoting The Works Of Mercy

What would it mean to you, your family, and our dear Lord, if you could offer new ways to inspire the next generation of Catholics to give our Church and Our Lord another look, another glance Christ’s way; but in a manner that might better resonate with the current Gen X, Y, and Z, in […]

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Who Taught Mother Teresa To Be A Person Of Virtue?

Saint Teresa of Calcutta was known for spending countless hours attending to the dying, the sick, and the poor. This flowed from her rich prayer life: Daily Mass and a daily holy hour. Where did Mother Teresa learn to sacrifice herself for others? Her first teacher in virtue was none other than her mother, Dranafile […]

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The Saints Show Us How Stewardship Starts With Wonder

I am impressed every time my child spots a dandelion and plucks it as if something truly magnificent has captured his attention. This kind of wonder seems to fade as we get older. So I have always been interested in how the saints were able to not just maintain this sense of awe but also […]

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What Would The Saints Say To Will Smith And Chris Rock?

Even if you didn’t watch the Oscars, you’ve likely seen all over social media what occurred between Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith. An offensive joke was told at the expense of Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband retaliated by walking on stage to slap Chris Rock and then proceeded to cuss him […]

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What One Catholic Learned From Marching With Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights activist, Paul Bokulich, marched with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In the short documentary You Have to Have Light to Dispel the Darkness, he reflects back on the effects of his years in Selma and Eutaw, Alabama living in a shack house, falling in love, and dedicated to making a difference. He believes […]

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“I’m Not Pro-Murdering Babies”: Resources For A Catholic Response To Abortion

There has been a post circulating around Facebook and other places which begins “I’m not pro-murdering babies.” The post then presents various circumstances in which an abortion could be justified, in the view of the author. The problems with the post and many and varied. So, we thought it would be fruitful to walk through […]

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Seven Things To Know About The Seven Themes Of Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic social teaching is rightly called “social” because it pertains to how we organize ourselves as a society. Rather, I should say as individual societies that are gathered up into one human family.

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The Summer Job That Changed My Life – And Can Change Yours Too!

Imagine with me for a second: You’re standing on top of a 30-foot cliff, about to jump into a level 3 white-water rapid in Colorado…you hold the instructor’s hand as he attempts to console you…“just walk straight forward, pull your feet together as you fall, just take a few steps…” Sweating, you grip his hand […]

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What We Can Learn About Being ProLife From Sts. Zelie And Louis Martin

St. Therese’s parents, as they are most commonly known, are incredible prolife witnesses. They didn’t found the March for Life or repeal laws or establish pregnancy crisis centers, which are all amazing ways to help protect and respect life from conception until a natural death. What Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin did do is live […]

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Can Moms Volunteer? 9 Tips To Make It Work

Volunteering is incredibly beneficial to our spiritual growth. Serving in the community provides opportunities to focus on the needs of others, challenges us in new ways, develops virtues, and encourages us to pray more. But, once you become a mom, isn’t your family your ministry? Yes! Your vocation as a wife and a mother will […]

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Racism: A Catholic Response

Racism is Always Evil There are some things that are always true, no matter when, where, or whom is involved. One of these truths is that racism is always wrong. It is a form of discrimination which is always unjust and, therefore, morally wrong and incompatible with Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The Catechism of […]

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Here’s How To Use Your Summer Cookout To Help Others

Some of the most inspiring and charitable stories I’ve seen over the last few months come from restaurants. Though fewer industries have taken a bigger hit during the global wide quarantine than the restaurant industry, I have seen story after story of restaurant owners delivering trays of food to first responders. Then there are other […]

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We Pray For The Children (Quarantine Edition)

We pray for the children… Who wake up early and eat the entire box of cereal, Who sleep in until noon, Who wear their pajamas ALL.DAY.LONG. And we pray for the those, Who wake up hungry, but can’t find any food in the house, Who sleep on the floor in a crowded room, Who have […]

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Get Your Free “Just Mercy” Study Guide

For anyone old enough to remember when the movie Dead Man Walking was released in 1995, they might recall how it became a defining moment in the American consciousness around the issue of capital punishment. Sr. Helen Prejean’s story of faith and accompaniment on death row woke people up to the injustice of the death […]

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People Doing Amazing Things In This Time Of Trial

Though these times are challenging, there are so many people doing amazing things for the Lord. Here is a list of some of the things that we have found to be incredibly inspiring! People Doing Amazing Things In This Time Of Trial Samaritan’s Purse Opens A Field Hospital In Italy 2. Prayer Packs For The […]

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The Incredible Story Of A Pro-life Woman

What does it mean to be pro-life? It’s more than prayers. It’s even more than marching in Washington D.C. and standing outside abortion clinics. If you really want to understand what it means to be pro-life, watch the incredibly beautiful story of Connie McEldowney. Restored: Stories of Encounter Reflect In what ways are you pro-life? […]

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4 Ways to Promote Peace in Your Everyday Life

4 Ways To Promote Peace In Your Everyday Life

“In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote […]

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Stop Asking Kids This Question During Christmas…Try This Instead!

Without fail, whether it’s at the grocery store or at a family party, my kids will get asked the same question over and over and over again this time of year. What do you want for Christmas?  I know people are just being kind and they really enjoy hearing about the hottest new toys that […]

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Is Your Morning Coffee Filled With Injustice? Why Catholics Need To Care

Catholicism and coffee have gone hand in hand for centuries. It was Pope Clement VIII who “baptized” coffee after many years of being considered a suspicious drink throughout Christendom. It was even referred to as “Satan’s drink,” in some circles, but after tasting it, it is rumored that Pope Clement VIII declared “This ‘Satan’s drink’ […]

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Embrace Your Mission | Extraordinary Missionary Month

When people hear the word “missionary”, most people think of someone who travels to another country to share the Gospel, teach in schools, volunteer in hospitals, and serve the community. Missionaries go to places like Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti. That was always the image I had, anyways. When I was 16 years old, I […]

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The Most Influential Priest In American History? It’s Possible…

Father Theodore Hesburgh is best known for his role as president of the prestigious University of Notre Dame over the course of 35 years from 1952-1987, but his role in the culture of America during some of the country’s most tumultuous times is what he will be remembered for in the history books. The newly […]

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