What is the Sacrament of Confirmation all about?

Just as Baptism gives new life, the Eucharist nourishes life, and Reconciliation restores life when it is broken, Confirmation strengthens that life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is about strengthening what God has given, and continues to give, to his sons and daughters.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is not a “coming of age” celebration. The Sacrament of Confirmation is not … [Read more…]


It takes courage to practice faith, because just like courage, every act of faith carries within it a certain amount of fear.  Those who hide from life and making commitments know very little about either courage or faith. Faith like courage is gutsy; it demands commitment to something or someone beyond us.  Faith like courage … [Read more…]

How to Teach Kids Who Respect — Not!

Do you ever feel like respect is disappearing from kids’ vocabulary these days? If so, read on. As I passed by a kindergarten classroom a few weeks ago, I overheard a frustrated volunteer negotiating with a 5-year-old boy to join the rest of the class for a book story. As the boy ran in circles … [Read more…]

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Becoming Spiritually Savvy

George C. Parker was a clever con man who used to convince people that he could sell them the Brooklyn Bridge.  In 1883, shortly after the bridge was completed, Parker had set up an office complete with pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and bogus legal papers.  Parker would “sell” the bridge from anything between $75 … [Read more…]