Keeping Our Eyes On Christ

Recently a story was shared with me about St. Mother Teresa.

She held the hand of a young child who was hungry and approached a man who was well off asking him for assistance. The man’s reply:  he spit in Mother’s face. St. Mother Teresa’s response: “That was your gift to me, now do you have anything for the child?” Read more

“Be kind to your neighbor as yourself” … Said Jesus Never

With the work of the new evangelization, we hear over and over the invitation to be a more welcoming Church. So we are updating our websites, putting up campus maps and signs, recruiting greeters… and yet our Holy Father and Archbishop Lori continue to challenge us to be even more welcoming. Read more

Mission Matters: Feb. 23, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Responding to confusion on Zika virus; Divine Renovation Network; Year of Mercy Resources and Updates; Holy Week Resources; Transitions;  plus this Thursday’s Blog post. Read more

“Before This, I Had Never Felt Worthy to Approach God. . . .”

“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.” Pope Francis.

We are a Church of mercy.

Does the young mother who feels as if she has committed the unforgivable sin know that? Does the father who did not stand by the mother of his child in a time of fear know that? Does the grieving grandparent or aunt or uncle know that? Read more

Entering the Year of Mercy (plus 54 ideas for celebrating it)

The Year of Mercy began this week, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Catholic Center employees were invited to spend that day, or at least part of that day, with agencies dedicated to one or more of the corporal works of mercy. On Tuesday, we had members of our staff dispersed at various Catholic Charities agencies, outreach services to persons with disabilities, and a number of other places. It was a great gift for me to spend a few hours with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society at Resurrection in Ellicott City. Read more