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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 riding to and fro in their golf carts. For many,...Read more

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 have been born and raised in a North Korean...Read more

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 would include graveyards. Read more

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 holiday stretches back to childhood. Every year...Read more

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 could rival Leonardo da Vinci. She was not only...Read more

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 birth of Christ, the Son of God, God with us,...Read more

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 begin. Read more

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 of thanksgiving, printable activities, and...Read more

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 for everything? I believe he was deeply...Read more

A Halloween Prayer for Families

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along curbsides. One household erected a fake cemetery in...Read more

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 popped into a convenience store on my way to give...Read more

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, temperance, and fortitude - sound stodgy and...Read more

Prayer of the Week: St Patrick's Day Prayer

On March 17, people all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick with parades, parties, and the wearing of green. Read more

Christmas Whole Community Catechesis Handouts

Sadlier offers whole community catechesis seasonal events that can be used with the entire parish community or all the students in a school community or religious education program. The Christmas...Read more

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 her as well, putting out the good china and...Read more

Catechetical Sunday: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person

This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme calls for something daunting – that is, to safeguard the dignity of every human person. Since the latest global census figures place the world’s population at...Read more

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 ensuring that everyone in the class both...Read more

Prayer of the Week: A Valentine for God

A bishop once said that he considered prayers of adoration our “Valentines to God.” In them, we express our utter delight and fascination with being cherished by a God whom we recognize in the...Read more

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 reflect cultural traditions and customs, thus...Read more

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 also asked to stop text messaging during the...Read more

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 which you measure will in return be measured...Read more

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 gifts for which each person is grateful. For a...Read more

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 fireworks set off by a neighboring country club made...Read more

Discovering the New Life of Easter

The Easter season is one in which the Church celebrates the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost as one continuous feast day. The celebration of the Easter season encompasses the Ascension (the...Read more

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 adoration our “valentines to God.” In them, we...Read more

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 it was from the two young men who delivered a...Read more

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 to and fro in their golf carts. For many,...Read more

People of Pentecost

During Lent, I wrote about directing a day of retreat centered on the people of the Passion – those figures from Scripture who were present during the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. Now I...Read more

Easter Glimpses of Grace

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 correct fare in order to exit the train. I knew...Read more

God’s Valentine

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 ensuring that everyone in the class both...Read more

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Thanksgiving Grace

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I love a holiday that invites us to simply be content. Never mind that it has become laden with holiday sales events. On Thanksgiving, families and friends...Read more

Honoring Armed Service Veterans

As this Veteran’s Day approaches, I hope we will all give deeper consideration to the sacrifices given so generously and to pray for all veterans – living and dead, known and unknown. Each one is...Read more

The Grace of Interdependence

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 have been born and raised in a North Korean...Read more

Reflections on the Mid Atlantic Congress

As I settle back into a routine after four energetic days at the Mid Atlantic Congress, several images remain lodged in my memory. One of the most striking is a patch of daffodils. I spied them when...Read more

Veterans Day: Considering the Sacrifices

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