Greg and Julie Alexander thought divorce was the only way out of their lifeless, loveless marriage. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the church, and as they began to incorporate these truths into their lives, they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles their journey back from the brink of divorce to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith.
Told from both spouses' perspectives, their very personal story shares: three key questions every married couple should answer; practical, real-life tips for getting a marriage back on track; and hope for all married couples on the brink.
Just about a year ago, I was out during the day and received a message on my phone, "Do you want to go the Holy Land with Jim Caviezel?" For those who do not know, Jim Caviezel is the actor that played Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. I assumed this was a prank, however, when I returned to the rectory, I saw a note in my mailbox with a number to call. I called the number and realized 206 Tours had contacted me. They asked if I would be able to be a spiritual director on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Naturally, as any good son would do, I called my mother to see if she wanted to go. She asked my aunt and uncle, and now, this trip became a family affair. Additionally, Patricia Ahrens, a parishioner here at St. Patrick’s attended.READ MORE
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful, life-giving women who have brought us into this world. Not only have you given us birth, you have given us yourselves in countless ways. In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.” Are not these the words of every mother who guides her child or children through their younger years? Yours is the voice of love, gentleness, humility, and patience. You carry us in your heart from the moment of conception and throughout your whole life. What a powerful example you are of how we are created in God’s image and live it out with joy and wonder. Thank you!!!!READ MORE
In Catholic Literary Giants, Joseph Pearce takes the reader on a dazzling tour of the creative landscape of Catholic prose and poetry. Covering the vast and impressive terrain from Dante to Tolkien, from Shakespeare to Waugh, this book is an immersion into the spiritual depths of the Catholic literary tradition with one of today's premier literary biographers as our guide.
Focusing especially on the literary revival of the twentieth century, Pearce explores well-known authors such as G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, and J.R.R. Tolkien, while introducing lesser-known writers Roy Campbell, Maurice Baring, Owen Barfield, and others. He even includes the new saint, Pope John Paul II, who wrote many literary and poetic pieces, among them the story that was made into a feature film, The Jeweller's Shop.
Do you love me? We hear Jesus asking that question of St. Peter three times in today’s Gospel passage. We know who the people are who truly love us and are always there for us. In those situations we love them in return. The bond with our parents and siblings in childhood is expanded to those outside our family circle when we become adults and go out on our own. We think about whether or not people we encounter in countless ways care about us. We are drawn to trust people who listen to our concerns and respond in helpful, practical, and encouraging ways. It is delightful and encouraging to find people who we can rely on that help us with our homes, cars, computers, health, spiritual life, etc. As talented and resourceful as we are, we need one another to make our lives fuller and richer.READ MORE