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Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day

Our family first celebrated Saint Nicholas Day about twenty-five years ago. We gathered with a cherished circle of friends for a post-Thanksgiving meal...

Kathy Hendricks

The Catechism of the Church Was My First Introduction to God

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Sister Maureen Sullivan, reflects on the meaning of the catechism in her own life.

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Catechetical Ministry: Claiming Our Roots

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Carole Eipers, reflects her personal history with catechesis and how it affected her work on a presentation...

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Catechetical Sunday 2017: Living As Missionary Disciples

“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things,...

Kathy Hendricks

Completing My Participation in the Living School

Two years goes by fast. In that time I began and am now close to completing my participation in the Living School – a course on contemplative reflection...

Kathy Hendricks

Seminarian Letter Project: Catholic School Children Send Their Support and Encouragement

“May your life be filled with love, hope, and happiness as you continue your training. Thank you for your service, and good luck.”

Kathy Hendricks

Discerning Our Vocation

“O that today you would hear his voice harden not your hearts…” Psalm 95:7-8 The reminder to listen for the voice of God runs deep in the Scriptures. Such...

Kathy Hendricks

The Ministry and Vocation of Teaching

During a “gap year” in which I was discerning the direction to go with my studies, I served as a volunteer with Head Start. It’s there that I met Mrs....

Kathy Hendricks

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Prayer for Integrity

My fascination with Abraham Lincoln started at a young age. I pulled a hefty tome about his assassination off my parent’s bookshelf while in fourth grade...

Kathy Hendricks

Reflection on St Francis of Assisi

Is there any other saint who enjoys as much popularity as Francis of Assisi? Google his name and over 7 million results become accessible. Likenesses of...

Kathy Hendricks

Making Time for Friendship

How are you making time for friendship in your life? Too many of us put off time with friends as the busyness of life enfolds us.

Kathy Hendricks

Holy Labor Day

It’s been a few years since I wrote the “Ripples” reflection for my online column, From My Home to Yours. Nevertheless, I remember the story well. I...

Kathy Hendricks

Catechetical Sunday 2016: Learning to Pray

“I know how to say prayers but I’m not sure I know how to pray.” I have heard this from catechists, teachers, and parents over the years. Distinguishing...

Kathy Hendricks

Gifts of the Holy Spirit– Understanding

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding seems to be the most multi-leveled. It brings to mind a Russian nesting doll in which each one opens...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Freedom

The more media I am exposed to, the more I appreciate the Cardinal Virtues. While justice is always a timely pursuit, the other three virtues – prudence,...

Kathy Hendricks

Getting Ready for a Summer Catechetical Program

I once visited a church that was getting ready for a summer catechetical program. The air of excitement was palpable as volunteers bustled around getting...

Kathy Hendricks

Spiritual Practices: Visio Divina

A few months ago, our children gave Ron and me a weekend at the beautiful Broadmoor hotel. Located at the base of the foothills in Colorado Springs, this...

Kathy Hendricks

Not just words: Life!

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the National...

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Spirituality Practice: Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for a long time – since 5th grade, in fact. My best friend, Stephanie, and I were each given little diaries with those flimsy...

Kathy Hendricks

Practicing Spirituality– Download a Spiritual Practices List to Get Started

“You haven’t practiced, have you?” I can still hear Mrs. Baumann’s stern voice, calling me to task for showing up unprepared for my weekly piano lesson....

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget...

Kathy Hendricks

Reflections from the Road: Meeting with Catholic Catechists & Pastoral Ministers

I had six days at home this past month. Some were only a few hours in length – enough time to do a load of laundry, repack my bags, and then set off...

Kathy Hendricks

Stations of the Cross Meditations

The origins of the Stations of the Cross stretch back to the Crusades when, as a result of the conquering of the Holy Land, Christians began making...

Kathy Hendricks

The Human Search for Meaning

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the Los Angeles...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Schools Week Reflection: The Joy of Knowledge

When I was teaching second grade, I sometimes felt sorry for my colleagues in the upper levels. They didn’t receive the kind of love notes that appeared...

Kathy Hendricks

Praying the “O Antiphons”

The “O Antiphons” are a tradition of prayer during a period of time known as the Octave of Advent. Thus, they begin on December 17th and continue through...

Kathy Hendricks

Making a Spiritual Retreat

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 I remember my first spiritual retreat vividly. After taking a year off from...

Kathy Hendricks

Starting a New School Year

As a child, I approached the end of August with mixed emotions. I hated to see summer end and had little enthusiasm for resuming the homework routine. I...

Kathy Hendricks

Mountaintop Spirituality

There is nothing like a trip into the Colorado Rockies to clear the mind. My husband, Ron, ran a half marathon in Vail this past weekend, and I went...

Kathy Hendricks

The Joy of Catechesis

One of my fondest memories as a catechist and Catholic school teacher involves “Duane”, an imaginative child in my second grade class. I recall the day he...

Kathy Hendricks

Forgiving Ourselves

One of the best lessons I learned about forgiveness came from a juggler. Several years ago, while preparing to give a talk on time management, I...

Kathy Hendricks

Front Porch Moments

One of the best things about summer is my morning time on our front porch. It’s where I head first thing with my journal, a glass of orange juice, and...

Kathy Hendricks

From Holidays to Holy Days

Holidays at our house were occasions of fun and festivity. One of my favorites was the Fourth of July. Eating on the back porch and watching the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Creativity

“How many of you are creative?” The question generally draws only a smattering of positive responses at one of my women’s retreats. Those answering yes...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Moments of Reverence

I read a newspaper article the other day about how a Compline service in a large urban cathedral was attracting a large number of young adults. They come...

Kathy Hendricks

The Song of Grace

“Amazing Grace.” Google these words and 142,000,000 results pop up! This beloved hymn has inspired movies, plays, television shows, and a musical, books...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Roadside Service

I am still decompressing after a lengthy trip to the East Coast. Traveling for ten days and offering seven presentations in four states was, needless to...

Kathy Hendricks

Ash Wednesday

On my neighborhood’s Facebook page, tucked amid notices about road closings and queries about handymen and window cleaners, was a post that stopped my...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Reflection

Some people start their day with coffee and the newspaper. Mine begins with orange juice and my journal. The cat is usually waiting for me to settle into...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Grace of Stewardship

A few years ago, while serving on a parish staff, I was asked to speak at the weekend Masses on the theme of stewardship. Just as I was heading to the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Respecting All Life

Each of my pregnancies were times of wonder, but nothing surpassed the first. Facing the prospect of motherhood was both fascinating and daunting. The...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Hospitality and Welcome

My brother likes to joke about how many people my mother could feed with a single package of deli meat. Sandwiches might have been thin, but everyone...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: The Faces of Caring

“Where have you been?” Those words always stopped me in my tracks when trying to sneak past my parents’ bedroom after a too-late night. I had to come up...

Kathy Hendricks

A New Year of Favor

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. Since most of them tend to fade into memory by the beginning of February, they seem a bit...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: Quiet Fortitude

My brother tells a story about his childhood friend, Mack, who was being picked on by a kid in his neighborhood. Tired of living in fear, Mack took...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: Mary’s Obedient Heart

Sometimes I wonder if the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in the middle of the night. Not in a dream, like Joseph, but in one of those wide-awake,...

Kathy Hendricks

Giving Thanks for Hard Workers

Every time I am tempted to throw myself a pity party over how hard I am working and how little others seem to appreciate it, I get a reality check. Today...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Benefits of Temperance

I don’t remember much about the discussion, but I do remember Father Lascelles’ response. I was lingering with other teachers and school staff around the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Hope in the Long Haul

The news of a friend’s death this past week came out of the blue and hit hard. Pete has been part of our lives, off and on, since before Ron and I were...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Keeping Faith

"Real faith… strips the world of its mask and reveals God in all things.” Charles de Foucauld

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Saintly Love

With All Saints Day approaching, I have been thinking about the small “s” saints in my life. My parents, saints Al and Nellie. My friends, saint John the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Significance of Empathy

The nuances in the Gospels are a constant source of intrigue to me, making them treasures that keep unfolding. A case in point is the healing miracle in...

Kathy Hendricks

The Soul of Kindness

I caught just a single line wafting out of the radio – something about God weeping at the unkindness of ravens. It stopped me in my tracks. The ravens in...

Kathy Hendricks

Angels All Around Us

I once read that the most well-known angel in modern times was Clarence, the character from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He is an endearing figure. His...

Kathy Hendricks

Somber Anniversaries

September 11th - The date our country was attacked with a viciousness that still staggers the imagination. It’s been twelve years, but many of us can...

Kathy Hendricks

Friends for Life

One of the most thrilling days of my life was when I took off for London to meet up with my best friend, Stephanie. We had just graduated from high...

Kathy Hendricks

Wedding Days

My daughter, Anna, is getting married soon and I am trying to hold it together. I figure on the day of the wedding, however, I’ll be a blubbering mess by...

Kathy Hendricks

A Day for Fathers

For years I have been getting up early to accompany Ron to his races. When our children were small, this entailed bundling them into the car and driving...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayers for Boston

When my husband called and asked if I’d heard about what happened at the Boston Marathon, I thought he was going to tell me about an upset among the...

Kathy Hendricks

Traveling Through Life

For the past several weeks I feel like I have been in the middle of the American version of the film “If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium.” My travel...

Kathy Hendricks

The Other Irish Saints

Six years ago I took off on a two-week visit to Ireland with my son, Eric. Ours was a counterpoint to the trek my husband, Ron, was about to take with...

Kathy Hendricks

People of the Passion: "Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord...?"

This melancholy lyric is sung by countless congregations on Good Friday. It is so beloved that I once saw a liturgy committee nearly explode when the...

Kathy Hendricks

Retreat Reflections

January is a great time for retreat. With the flurry of holiday activity behind us, there is a period of winter tranquility that invites reflection. Thus...

Kathy Hendricks

Hope for a New Year

We all hope our bonds of love and devotion will hold us together no matter what the New Year brings.

Kathy Hendricks

Ringing Out the Old Year

The visual cliché is well established – an ancient man with knee-length beard gratefully handing over the sands of time to a baby. The old year passing...

Kathy Hendricks

Weathering the Storm

The weather this past week has been unseasonably warm for Colorado. The grass outside our kitchen window is even greening up a bit. This makes the...

Kathy Hendricks

Happy Anniversary! Celebrating the Second Vatican Council and Year of Faith

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Kathy Hendricks

New Evangelization and the Beauty of Hospitality

Every time I run into someone who remembers my mother, I am reminded of her gift of hospitality. There is generally some story about a meal shared, a...

Kathy Hendricks

New Evangelization and the Force of Hope

There is much talk in the Church these days about the “New Evangelization.” The concept, however, is not exactly new, having been seeded in 1968 by the...

Kathy Hendricks

Spiritual Balance

I caught my foot on something last weekend and nearly fell over backwards. Although I avoided a near-catastrophic injury, I wrenched something in my hip....

Kathy Hendricks

Another Kind of Homelessness

An acrid smell wafted into our home last night, and triggered dreams about fear and loss. Although the High Park fire is burning over one hundred miles...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Sunday, June 10th, is The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, June 3rd, is The Most Holy Trinity. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 20th, is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist....

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 29th, is the Fourth Easter of Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist....

Kathy Hendricks

Psalm Refrains

I am getting ready to direct a day of reflection on the psalms and, in preparation, have immersed myself in their lyrical beauty. From awe-filled praise...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 15th, is the Second Easter of Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. ...

Kathy Hendricks

Easter Grace

The daffodils in our front yard are starting to bloom. Watching their bright yellow faces emerge is cause for celebration as they herald the end of...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday, April 8th, is Easter Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Holy Week

It’s almost Holy Week, a time that writer Michael Ford describes as a “journey within a journey.” I have walked through this holiest of weeks many times...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Third Sunday of Lent 2012

Sunday, March 11th, is the Third Sunday of Lent. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather...

Kathy Hendricks

A Lenten Call to Simplicity

My husband and I are in the midst of preparing to put our house on the market. Therefore, we are engaged in household repairs and clutter removal that...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Lent 2012

Sunday, March 4th, is the Second Sunday of Lent. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather...

Kathy Hendricks

The Stations of the Cross, Part 2

There is a Jesuit retreat center near my home where the Stations of the Cross are placed on large stones around its periphery. Thus, the experience of...

Kathy Hendricks

The Stations of the Cross, Part 1

My earliest memories of Lent include praying the Stations of the Cross every Friday afternoon. I attended Catholic school and I recall the jubilation I...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 19th, is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 12th, is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 15th, is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Saint of New Beginnings

The year is coming to a rapid close. More than one person has told me of their eagerness to be done with the year. Health issues, job losses, and other...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Sunday, January 1st, is The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (Solemnity and holy day of obligation). Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: The Nativity of the Lord

Sunday, December 25th, is The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Solemnity and Holy Day of Obligation. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 18th, is the Fourth Sunday of Advent! Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. ...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 4th, is the Second Sunday of Advent! Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. ...

Kathy Hendricks

Faith Formation Conference 2011: Parting Thoughts

My bags are packed and I am ready to return home. It’s been a lovely weekend, spent in Santa Clara, California, at the annual Faith Formation Conference...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, November 6th, is the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time 2011

Sunday, October 30th, is the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Question of the Week: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2011

Sunday, October 23rd, is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

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