Can you think of a person that’s changed your life for the better? In today’s gospel, it was Mary Magdalene’s encounter with Jesus after the Resurrection that made all the difference in her life.
I think one of the hardest words to hear as a child is the word, ‘no.’ I don’t think it gets much easier as an adult.
Brief and contemporary inspiration focused on hope and family prayer will be delivered to your inbox! Articles include live video, written word, and links to resources that will lead you and your family deeper into faith.
In today’s reading from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew, the mercy of God is on full display. The question is, what does that mean for us? Does God want to remind us that He’s here for us like he was for Hezekiah and his disciples? Of course, it’s reassuring to know that when we need more time that God hears us. It’s also good to know that God understands that our bodies require food.
I have a young friend, Sophia, who’s four years old. Her grandmother told me recently that when Sophia heard that her grandfather was going to have some eye surgery, she immediately and quite naturally started to talk to God about the operation, very much like she was conversing and like He was talking back!
We celebrate today the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young women and member of the Mohawk Indians of North America who resisted pressure from her tribe to marry and instead entered the Jesuit mission near Montreal. At the age of 23 she made her public vow of perpetual virginity. She remained faithful to her culture devoting herself to good works and praying for her fellow Mohawks.
Fr. James Phalan, C.S.C., encourages you to create a Mary Garden and enter the contest sponsored by our sister ministry, the Museum of Family Prayer.