The Graciousness of Mary

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of the Assumption 2017 An everyday steward is called to be gracious. I read once that to be a gracious person meant to walk softly, speak with intent, and to leave those you have met feeling that their lives were better that day because they encountered you. What … Continue reading The Graciousness of Mary

Listen. Think. Act.

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God 2017 Listen. Think. Act. That is a mantra or slogan for many different groups. Some seek to battle prejudice and bias. Other groups hope to eliminate poverty or reduce crime. I have even found some companies use it as a way of increasing … Continue reading Listen. Think. Act.

The True Everyday Steward

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Immaculate Conception 2016 After Jesus, it is the Blessed Virgin Mary who by her example most perfectly teaches the meaning of discipleship and stewardship in their fullest sense. All of their essential elements are found in her life: she was called and gifted by God; she responded generously, creatively, and … Continue reading The True Everyday Steward

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Feast of the Assumption. Although it is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics in the US, it is still a very important day in the life of the Church. Feasts dedicated to Mary say more about her son, Jesus, than herself. I would love to share with you Scott Hahn's … Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of Mercy

Pope Francis said in an address from 2013, “Mary, whose “yes” opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that He can untangle the knots of our soul by His fatherly mercy.” What would this Jubilee Year of … Continue reading Mother of Mercy

Mary, Mercy, & Me

And so it begins! Today, on this feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Jubilee Year of Mercy begins. Anything you need to know about this much-anticipated year can be found at GetFed, a service of the Catholic Company. Today is just the start of a year of prayer, devotion, special events, and of course, mercy. So … Continue reading Mary, Mercy, & Me

Our Human Destiny

In observance of today's feast, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this reflection is from my upcoming book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, published by Liturgical Publications, Inc. In Him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of His will, so that we … Continue reading Our Human Destiny