On Wednesday March 7th, Saint John Paul II will continue its Lenten Series on the Hikes Point Campus with the Stations of the Cross at 11am, followed by a free light Lenten Luncheon in the cafeteria. At approximately 12:10 Mike Ahrens will present a program on “Making Ethical Decisions at the End of Life: How … Continue reading EVENT – “Making Ethical Decisions at the End of Life”
by Ed Harpring "You may not see the impact of your love, but God sees it. The love in your hearts is totally unique to you . . . and your love saves lives" Sr. Bethany Madonna‘s stirring heartfelt speech to a crowd of over 500,00 epitomized the theme of "Love Save Lives" at the … Continue reading Love Saves Lives . . . March For Life 2018
by Michelle Herberger February is the month when many celebrate LOVE. It is full of hopes for romantic dinners and a display of gifts that seemingly prove that real love exists. Although it can be fun to engage in the celebration, it can also be a time of disillusionment for those whose lives are not … Continue reading The Sacred In The Ordinary
by Martine Bacci-Siegel February is the month of love. It isn’t just about cards, flowers and chocolate. Recent national studies affirm the importance of love and caring in families. Research shows that expressions of affection toward children reduce problem behaviors and enhance children's development. Love is the single most important principle of parenting. If children … Continue reading Expressions Of Affection
by Deacon Stephen Bowling As I travel around the Archdiocese training married couples in our new “Companion Couple” marriage preparation program Joined By Grace, I find myself constantly reflecting on the joys and virtues of marriage, especially as the dozens upon dozens of couples I have worked with so far share their stories with me. … Continue reading “What Is Marriage Anyway?”
by Deacon Stephen Bowling I hope you won’t think me too weird here, but I have a silly little ritual I always perform every New Year’s Eve. It’s something that forces me to look both backwards and forwards at the same time and spiritually reflect upon my life, and just how well I am fulfilling … Continue reading “Better Days”
by Deacon Stephen Bowling Have you heard yet this year that song which always seems to be everywhere during the Christmas season? Andy Williams’ recording of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was released in October 1963 (just before John F. Kennedy’s assassination) and has been trying to bring hope and happiness to … Continue reading “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year . . .”
by Martine Bacci-Siegel I wish to give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1 It is our human nature to dwell on the negative. This tendency is called the “negativity bias,” or the propensity to focus on problems, annoyances, and injustices in our … Continue reading “Gratitude And Giving Thanks . . .”
by Deacon Stephen Bowling Well, it’s November and you know what that means . . . more pumpkin spice stuff than you can shake a stick at (yuck) and enough articles about the “virtue of thankfulness” to fill the Grand Canyon. Just because we celebrate a great holiday about gratitude on the fourth Thursday of … Continue reading Gratitude Is All In The Attitude . . .
by Ed Harpring “To end a person’s suffering seems a mercy. And does the exact time of death really matter that much?” This candid reflection by Suzanne Marshall caught my attention as I read her account of her mother’s lengthy and painful death. On the surface, it seems merciful to want to end the suffering … Continue reading Living Life To Its Natural End . . . Who Decides?