A Conflicted Catholic

Organized religion can be a beautiful and powerful way to nurture faith in God. But what happens when human faults and failings destroy the very essence of the values and virtues the church is supposed to represent? Letter to the Catholic Church

As a Catholic who’s been sickened by the atrocities against children within my church, I’ve struggled with where the scandal leaves me as a life-long Catholic. It’s time to call my church to task, as I believe Jesus would ask me to do. I’d…

3 Lessons – The Prodigal Son Parable

Why did the father forgive the prodigal son? Did the parable of the lost son mean the good son’s loyal behavior was unappreciated? Lessons I’ve learned about this powerful parable.

For years I was angry at the prodigal son, but I was SO wrong. Ever since I was a young girl listening to scripture in church on Sundays, I always found the parables the most interesting. I was surprised by how often I came…

Worship through Song

20 inspirational contemporary Christian worship songs to lift your soul and lead you to Jesus.

There are many ways to praise and honor God. One of my favorite ways is through song, whether it be joining the choir during church services or when I’m singing or just listening to inspirational Christian music. I can’t count the times I’ve been…

10 Things to Say to the Sick or Dying

As someone who’s lived through a cancer diagnosis, I saw first-hand how people struggle with what to say to someone who’s sick and potentially dying. A little bit of kindness and compassion can go a long way for anyone, but especially someone who’s dealing…

5 Lessons about Forgiveness

Forgiveness is very difficult. How do you forgive? God gives us lessons from the bible that can unlock the chains that are holding us hostage.

One of life’s toughest challenges is overcoming the anger and hurt of being mistreated by someone, especially someone we love. As Christians, we hear so much about forgiveness and the need to forgive. But what sounds good in theory often feels insurmountable when you’ve…

The Blessing from Suffering

Why is there suffering? I sometimes struggle with the pain and suffering in the world. I understand that man created this condition by disobedience, but on a daily basis, it feels like undue punishment. However, a glass-half-full view of heartache is the inexplicable joy,…

Grow Your Faith – 6 Lessons from a Mustard Seed

What life lessons can we learn from a tiny mustard seed? Learn six lessons from the Parable of the Mustard Seed.

Whether you’re a gardener or not, you’ve probably planted seeds at some point in your life. Maybe as a school project when you were a child or in your yard as an adult. It’s fascinating to see the first tender sprouts poke through the…

Traveling Nativity

Traveling Nativity Christian Christmas Tradition

A Christian Family Christmas Tradition Christmas traditions form the foundation of many treasured childhood memories. They can also help adults keep the Christmas spirit alive, as we tend to get bogged down with everything that has nothing to do with the true meaning of…

Message from Heaven

I’m admittedly a little obsessed with the afterlife and the transition from this life into the next. One of the common themes I have heard about is that the person about to pass will look up and reach out, as if to grasp an…

Is God Real?

Is God Real

What can be more fundamental than understanding the root of our existence? My Catholic upbringing instilled in me a love of Jesus that I took for granted until I reached the age to understand there were doubters. Is God Real? I started questioning the…

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