Christian living

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: In the ancient world, the journey up a mountain often symbolized “enlightenment” or “seeing” things in a “new” or different way from previously. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus takes […]

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Do those pesky little details really matter? Ask an engineer. A manufacturer. And a surgeon. One detail can make all the difference.  A slip of the knife, a screw in the wrong place can spell danger and disaster. However, surgery performed well and products  built precisely to specs can and do enhance and save lives. […]

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 by Father Steven LaBaire

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40)  That’s in this Sunday’s gospel. Leprosy is […]

Watch what you say … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:21-28

Watch what you say … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:21-28

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: This Sunday’s gospel has Jesus going into a synagogue. People are gathered there. He speaks. Many who hear him speak say that he “speaks with authority.”  His words are […]

Learning to forget through your prayerful imagination

Learning to forget through your prayerful imagination

My monthly column on The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Learn to forget? Seems to me I have to first learn how to remember! Those of us past a certain age know […]

The most precious of gifts: listening

The most precious of gifts: listening

My December column for the Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I created a video for this post with a musical backdrop and images to inspire you. You can read the text […]

It’s all about the “Yes!” A review of “The Grace of Yes” by Lisa M. Hendey

It’s all about the “Yes!” A review of “The Grace of Yes” by Lisa M. Hendey

I have known Lisa Hendey for many years. Her site, Catholicmom.com, hosts over 150 contributors and has won accolades and awards from grateful Catholics around the world. The site is all about the reader, a rarity on the internet today. A vibrant community thrives there as a result. I am honored to be one of […]

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