Working toward God’s abundance for all

By Carolyn Woo In the Catholic Relief Services guest dining room in Baltimore we have decorated the left wall with pictures of grains, plants, trees, water. The inscription reads: “We shall see the bounty of the Lord.” On the opposing wall, we have the words from Psalm 27:13, “in the land of the living.” It…

Looking for more opportunities for a fruitful Advent?

by Doug Scott Try committing to extra reading, attending evening prayer, or drinking in the awe and beauty of God’s creation reflected in the night sky The start of Advent is a little more than a week away — Nov. 30 to be exact. Advent traditionally is a season of anticipation, of preparation for the…

Is God inviting you on the beautiful journey of adoption?

Theresa Lieser Guest Column “Do you think you will adopt again?” This is a question my husband and I received numerous times after the adoption of our third child. Our answer will always remain the same: “We are open to it, but it is completely in God’s hands.” Growing up in large, close families, we loved…

The terror and treats of parenthood

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Guest Column The amazing thing about parenthood is that, as the old maxim goes, God doesn’t call the ready; God readies the called It’s that time of year when it’s possible to be anything you want to be. A pirate, a ninja, a clown, a queen: Halloween lets you try on any…

Discernment: God’s search for you

National Vocation Awareness Week • November 2 to 8, 2014 Seeking and finding the Lord’s will is a wonderful adventure of the Christian life. It is the great adventure! At first it can seem a kind of treasure hunt — Jesus hiding answers to our questions and requiring us to gather clues leading to that…

Woman’s impending suicide not just a personal act

What I do affects others, and others’ lives affect me — and with that influence comes responsibility  By now, you are familiar with the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s public declaration that she will end her own life on Nov. 1 — two days after her husband’s birthday and, ironically, the church’s celebration of all…

Associate groups help laity, religious grow in faith

Commentary By Doug Scott We are fortunate to have four associate/ oblate programs in our diocese I found a treasure right in my backyard that has enriched my life tremendously. It wasn’t in my actual backyard, but just up the road at the Crosier priory in Onamia. There, I connected with a group of Crosier…

Heeding Pope Francis’ call, growing in character

By Carolyn Woo President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services To grow in character, one must have a vision of what she or he wants to become Upon his return from Asian Youth Day, Pope Francis explained, “The meaning of this apostolic visit can be summarized in three words: memory, hope and witness. The church is…

For ‘Nuns on the Bus,’ route to justice goes through voting booth

By Sister Marlene Schwinghammer, OSB Vote! That was the message from Network’s “Nuns on the Bus’’ at a town hall-style meeting held Sept. 22 at St. Benedict’s Monastery. “Nuns on the Bus” are visiting 10 states in the lead-up to the midterm elections to encourage “We, the People” to vote and encourage others to vote…

Dialogue: a Catholic response to violence and fear

Guest Column Bishop Denis Madden This is not only about countering the violent extremism of a group like ISIS, but building a future in which the seeds of such extremism wither and die rather than take root The following first appeared on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Media Blog at http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com. This summer saw…