Even amidst the challenges of 2020, we are given countless opportunities to choose — like the author of Sirach describes — between fire and water, life and death. These three choices help me find life and contribute to life in small but meaningful ways.
4 youth ministers share strategies for robust youth programmingU.S. Catholic
Creativity, communication, and authenticity are key to building relationships with Catholic youth.
5 parish practices for cultivating connections across generationsU.S. Catholic
How to plan parish events that foster real friendshipsU.S. Catholic
Be the host with the most and welcome newcomers to your parish with these tips.
To parent in the present, practice ‘memento mori’U.S. Catholic
The only certainty in our lives—and the lives of our children—is that one day they will end.
3 monastic rules for ordering your lifeU.S. Catholic
In the hundreds of years since their development, the rules of Saints Augustine, Benedict, and Francis have ordered and oriented the lives of monks, sisters and lay people across the globe. Their emphasis on daily ritual, manageable though virtuous behaviors and everyday actions appeal to anyone seeking a deeper spiritual life, a time-tested order for cultivating meaning in the day-to-day rhythm of life, and guidance on prioritizing the things that matter most.
Why monastic rules appeal in the midst of chaosU.S. Catholic
There is a human desire for rhythm and routine in a tumultuous world. Monastic rules can help us practice the rhythm and routine that we seek.
A Fresh Take on ObedienceBusted Halo
Obedience isn’t the first virtue that comes to mind when I consider ways that I can strive for a life of everyday holiness. But putting it into practice in a few small ways has helped me to see the goodness that can flow from not allowing myself to be my own guide or god.
The Suscipe: A Prayer for All OccasionsBusted Halo
Just over fifty words, the Suscipe is brief. But by moving me to complete three major actions — letting go, giving thanks, and asking for help — it transforms my mindset and softens my heart with each recitation.
Reflecting on the Annunciation: How Saying ‘Yes’ Can Make All the DifferenceBusted Halo
We make hundreds of yes or no decisions daily, even if just to ourselves — no, I won’t stay in bed even though I kind of want to; yes, I’ll invite a new neighbor over for coffee — and good reasons for both our yeses and our nos can lead to wholeness and holiness. But looking back on my life, I see that a few yeses, which, like Mary’s, came in the face of uncertainty and even bafflement, have led to a life that I love.