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A Prayer for Easter Eyes

Some of us are old enough to remember a song about the Boston subway system called the “M.T.A.” It bemoaned the fate of Charlie, who didn’t have the...

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Past, Present, and Future

Trimming the tree. Baking cookies. Hanging out the stockings. Sending greetings. Welcoming visitors. Wrapping presents. Singing carols…  The list of...

Kathy Hendricks

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...

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Free Thanksgiving Prayers & Reflections for Catholic Families

As families gather to share a meal and express gratitude for their many blessings this Thanksgiving, they have the opportunity to pray. With these prayers...

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Thanksgiving and the Grace of Gratitude

“Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks…” (1Thessalonians 5:17). Was Paul for real? Is it even possible to pray without ceasing? To give thanks...

Kathy Hendricks

Halloween and All Saints' Day

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along...

Kathy Hendricks

The Joyful Mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila Prayer Reflections

I read a story recently about a study of the happiest countries on five different continents. Results showed that it wasn’t a surplus of money or goods...

Kathy Hendricks

Our Lady of Sorrows Feast Day

I saw them as I entered the supermarket parking lot. A family of four crouched in the shade of a small tree. Two young boys sat with their mother and...

Kathy Hendricks

Labor Day Reflections: Work and Christian Spirituality

There is a beautiful golf club down the hill from us. Because so many of its members live in houses on its perimeter, it’s not unusual to see people...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Our Freedom to Advocate and Care for Others

It isn’t exactly summer reading, but I just finished Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14. It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to...

Kathy Hendricks

A Memorial Day Reflection

When my husband and I set off on a cross-country trip four years ago, we knew we would visit numerous historical sites. We did not think so many of them...

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

A Valentine for God

Valentine’s Day may be two weeks away, but I don’t think it’s too soon to start reflecting on its lovely themes and associations. My affection for the...

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....

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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...

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8 Printable Catholic Christmas Prayers

The Catholic Christmas season begins on December 25th and ends in January on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the...

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Advent Joy; Lighting the Pink Candle on the Advent Wreath

This Sunday we light the odd candle on the Advent wreath. Long before pink became a symbol of breast cancer awareness, it took prominence in the third...

Kathy Hendricks

The Season of Advent

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Setting out familiar symbols puts me in the mood for a time of joyous expectation. Advent is about to...

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Advent Prayers for Families

The liturgical year begins with Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas. It is a season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation. Download and print...

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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

Living as Faithful Citizens: Download a Prayer for the Election

I wish I knew how to contact Mrs. Andrews. I would love to send her a much-belated thank-you the Civics class she taught when I was a junior in high...

Kathy Hendricks

People of Faith Remember: September 11, 2001

I can’t say I gave much thought to flying on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. My mind was more focused on the talks I had just given in Tucson,...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Uncovering Virtue

Much as I love the season of fall, I am going to miss my mornings on the front porch. I start most summer days there, reading from a book of reflections...

Kathy Hendricks

The Grace in Grief

As mid-July approaches I remember my daughter, Jenny, and my father, Albert. The anniversaries of their deaths fall two days apart and wrap me in a...

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

The Joy of Summer

“…The important thing is not to think much, but to love much…” Teresa of Avila

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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

School’s Out– This Summer Reconnect with God's Creation

Yesterday I set up an “anti-gravity” chair on our deck. It reminds me of patio furniture from my childhood that my parents referred to as “bar-wise...

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...

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Lectio Divina Catholic Practice; The Spiritual Art of Sacred Listening

“For haphazard reading, constantly varied and as if lighted on by chance does not edify but makes the mind unstable; taken into the memory lightly, it...

Kathy Hendricks

The Ascension of the Lord

“When Jesus ascended into heaven, where, exactly, did he go?” This question, posed by a friend in a bible study group, took me off guard. Because we...

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

Pope Francis in Mexico: Build Bridges of Compassion, Mercy, and Hope

It’s a shame that a single quote seems overshadow Pope Francis’ recent visit to Mexico. His comments about the folly of building walls versus bridges were...

Kathy Hendricks

Lent and the Year of Mercy

Welcome to our guest blogger, Carole Eipers, National Catechetical Advisor for Sadlier. Carole will be speaking at the NCEA Convention and Expo in San...

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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...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:21

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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Prayer for Peacemakers

“…Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Dr....

Kathy Hendricks

Holding the Doors of Mercy Open

As the New Year dawns, I’m expecting an uptick in new members at our local fitness center - those making resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. The...

Kathy Hendricks

World Day of Peace

It was the song that always ended our concerts, sometimes as an encore after receiving a rousing response from our parents and classmates. To this day I...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Christmas Traditions

When I speak to groups about how faith grows in the family, I ask them to name a favorite tradition. Responses almost always include something about the...

Kathy Hendricks

Feast of Christ the King 2015 Reflection

I confess to not quite getting the image of Christ as king. Perhaps it’s because royalty in my lifetime have been primarily figureheads and, at times,...

Kathy Hendricks

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

I used to love Thanksgiving. Helping my mother stuff a gigantic turkey, one that barely fed our large family, was always a treat. I’d set the table for...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

“I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the...

Kathy Hendricks

Psalm 23 Reflection: Surely Goodness and Mercy Will Follow Me

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6 Of all the psalms, the twenty-third is certainly the most familiar. Each...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Meek and Humble of Heart

Of all the Beatitudes, the one calling for meekness might seem the most puzzling. Isn’t it the strong and most forceful who conquer lands and acquire...

Kathy Hendricks

Caring for Our Common Home: Pope Francis and the Environment

“We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.” Laudoto Si, 44

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Catholic Virtues: Image of Mercy from a Catholic Family

Growing up in a Catholic family, I was used to seeing images around our house reminding us of our faith tradition. One of the most memorable was the...

Kathy Hendricks

Special Needs Families

When our daughter, Jenny, was born, Ron and I had never heard of the term “special needs”. Nor did we understand what Down Syndrome meant. We only knew...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Hunger and Thirst for Justice

“Everybody wants to see justice done on somebody else.” Bruce Cockburn  When I taught fourth graders I quickly learned their mantra: “It’s not fair.”...

Kathy Hendricks

Living Our Catholic Faith: Preserving Positive Energy

When I go through the security line at the airport, I don’t expect much in the way of interaction between me and the agent checking my credentials. Last...

Kathy Hendricks

Lenten Retreat

Julie Penrose Center. Sacred Heart Retreat House. Benet Pines. Franciscan Center. These are four places where I have gone over the years to retreat from...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer of the Week: Prayer of Lenten Reflection

Download a prayer for a reflective spirit as Lent begins and as it progresses. Use it for your own reflection or share it with your family or class.

Kathy Hendricks

Recognizing Valentines from God

Somewhere in the bottom of a trunk lies my valentine from Donny Murphy. I picked it out of the paper sack that our teacher passed around the room, thus...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Honesty Is the Best Policy

As January comes to an end, I am busy collecting all the necessary forms and receipts in order to file my taxes. Each year I try to get a jump start on...

Kathy Hendricks

Ashes to Ashes

What draws so many people to services on Ash Wednesday? After all, it’s not a holy day of obligation and it falls smack in the middle of the week. I once...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Grandparents

I wish I had listened more to my grandmother. She died when I was nineteen and she was well into her nineties. By then she had ceased most of her...

Kathy Hendricks

Winter's Dark Nights

“Depending on where you live, this is either the longest or the shortest night of the year.” This is what Father Richard Rohr wrote in his daily...

Kathy Hendricks

Entering the Crèche

Setting up the crèche is a beloved tradition in both homes and parishes. I have seen a number of beautiful Nativity sets over the years. Many of them...

Kathy Hendricks

Sounds of Advent

Have you noticed the newest warning in theaters these days? In addition to the reminders to turn off cell phones and cease conversation, moviegoers are...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Giving

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Charity’s Mandate

A 90-year-old man was arrested recently in Fort Lauderdale. His crime: feeding the homeless. It sounds like a joke, but it’s altogether true. The town...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer of Grace Before Meals

On Thanksgiving, families and friends gather to share a meal packed with tradition. This often includes a prayer of blessing or, at least, a naming of...

Kathy Hendricks

Time to Disconnect

We bought a new phone the other day and it took us all evening to set it up. What used to be a simple task—plugging the unit into a phone jack—now entails...

Kathy Hendricks

Circle of Saints

Late at night, when assailed by worries and fears, I draw them around me and call them by name. Michael. Mary Alice. Carl. Marie. James. Jacquie. The list...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Lessons in Patience

I don’t know the reason for it but I recently spent a morning feeling impatient with everyone and everything. The drivers going a few miles below the...

Kathy Hendricks

On the Road Again

A flight attendant recognized me on a recent trip, noting how I always board the plane with a book in hand. I suppose I stand out because I spend time...

Kathy Hendricks

Fleeting Moments

I almost missed it on my drive through the neighborhood. The tiny maple tree is usuallydwarfed by its majestic neighbors – tall, stately pines that look...

Kathy Hendricks

Franciscan Simplicity

I don’t think I ever met anyone who longed for a more complicated life. Between the continual battle with “stuff” piled up in attics, closets, and...

Kathy Hendricks

The Intricacy of Family

Family: “…an intimate community of persons bound together by bIood, marriage, or adoption for the whole of life.” (A Family Perspective in Church and...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Empathy and Comfort

“Twelve Years a Slave” was on television recently and I found it no easier to watch the second time around. The same heartache enveloped me as scenes of...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Older Sisters

I missed Sisters’ Day (August 3rd). Keeping up with all of the “official” days to celebrate people in our lives seems rather arbitrary. Instead I find...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Loyal Loved Ones

“Wherever you go, I will go…” (Ruth 1:16) These words from Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi, encapsulate the bond between two women from divergent...

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

Catholic Virtues Series: The Contagion of Joy

I love how Pope Francis has resurrected the concept of joy. In his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he emphasizes the importance of...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Legacy of Generosity

When I got the email about Ray’s death, my heart sank. It wasn’t a surprise, as the cancer in his system was depleting his energy and slowly draining the...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: The Value of Cooperation

A few weeks ago I mentioned the training my husband, Ron, had been doing for a 50-mile ultra-marathon. The race has been run and Ron finished in good...

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

Pentecost Language, Part 2

Note: In last week’s blog, I wrote about the power of the Holy Spirit to set the disciples afire with words that matter. I continue this week by...

Kathy Hendricks

Pentecost Language, Part 1

For sheer drama it’s hard to beat the scene in the Book of Acts. As the disciples gather in a closed room, a roaring wind envelops them. It’s so...

Kathy Hendricks

The Path of Parenthood

My husband, Ron, has been training the past few months to run a 50 mile race. This is not a typo. Fifty - five-oh - miles! In addition, the race will...

Kathy Hendricks

Reproducible Prayer Cards: Prayer of Remembrance

Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor the great sacrifices of those who died in battle. It can also be a call to restore hope in the midst of our most...

Kathy Hendricks

Mother’s Day Reflections

She was the last one off the plane. In addition to the toddler she hoisted on one arm, the diaper bag thrown over the other, and the two large plastic...

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

Easter Garments

Getting new clothes for Easter was a childhood delight in a couple of ways. First of all, it meant I had something brand new rather than my sisters’...

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

Lenten Sacrifice

I admit to having a bit of trouble with the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent. I don’t really find it much of a sacrifice. As a...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer for Lenten Initiative

As the winter Olympic Games in Sochi were wrapping up, the television network played its requisite montage of memorable moments. Skiers, snowboarders,...

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

Reproducible Prayer Cards: A Valentine for God

Between now and February 14th, reflect on the lovely themes and associations of Valentine's Day. A bishop once told me that he considered prayers of...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Accessible Holiness

Every once in a while I come across a holy card stuck in a book. We had dozens of them when I was a child. Most were of Mary, but a number depicted...

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Blues

It has been a year since the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This means parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends of those killed...

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

Holy Things

I am not quite sure how it happened, but I ended up directing three retreats within the span of one week. It began with a day-long session with a mothers’...

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

Labor Day Reflections

There is a beautiful golf club down the hill from us. Because so many of its members live in houses on its perimeter, it’s not unusual to see them riding...

Kathy Hendricks

Back to School

The yellow buses are back in action. Newspaper ads remind parents of all the supplies their children and teen-agers need. There is a noticeable absence of...

Kathy Hendricks

World Youth Day and Beyond

With World Youth Day in Rio now wrapped up, I have been scanning news services for a compilation of memorable quotes from Pope Francis. There are a...

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

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