Jornada Sows Seeds of Faith in Latino Youth

LAST YEAR, I saw nearly 500 young people gather on a Saturday morning, carrying signs about the mercy of God. They were getting ready for their annual procession around New York. But in this procession, prayer was intertwined with joyous dancing and upbeat singing about how God’s love and mercy are for all.

Summer Days and Quality Time with Family

A family is like a tree: We, the branches, can all grow in different directions but our roots remain the same. Summertime becomes a chance to care for those roots by spending time with our loved ones.

What Are You Waiting For? Trust!

Have you ever put off a decision or action that you knew you needed to make? Did you reflect on why you hesitated to take that step? The antidote to this is trust in God. We can discover joy by taking risks, embracing trust and living lives of action.

Way of the Cross and Divine Mercy

HAVE YOU FOUND yourself wondering if Jesus loves you? Think you don’t deserve this love? If you want these doubts dispelled, try praying the Stations of the Cross.

Start the Year with Forgiveness

AS WE START the year and try to offer our hopes and challenges to God, I have been reflecting on how important it is to give and receive forgiveness. Pope Francis once called the family a training ground for mutual forgiveness. He also said we should try to make amends immediately.

Ask God for Help with New Year’s Resolutions

By now, you have probably seen the heartwarming Polish Christmas ad that has been watched more than 12 million times. It tells the tale of an aging man trying to learn English alone at home, labeling household objects with Post-its before taking a trip to the United Kingdom and … actually, it is probably best if you watch the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU5Rnd-HM6A (warning, there is some cursing at the 1:30 mark).

Evangelization Congress Was a Family Affair

When Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) was published, the media highlighted points like communion for the divorce. But the nearly 900 people who attended this year’s Diocesan Evangelization Congress dedicated a day to studying the entire document.

Saying ‘Dayenu’ for All of Life’s Blessings

by Maria-Pia Negro Chin, IT IS ALWAYS A good time to stop and notice the hand of God in different aspects of our lives. But – given the stressful election cycle we have just been through – thanking God for His blessings during this Thanksgiving could be a tonic for the soul.

Youth Banish Indifference With Concrete, Little Steps

This Year of Mercy, young people have been rediscovering the meaning of our mission to be signs and instruments of God’s loving mercy. From mercy-filled events in parishes, to teenagers’ initiatives, this jubilee has offered the world’s youth chances to experience and share mercy.