Give me a sign

By Renée M. LaReau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
How do I know I'm doing God's will?

 

Two years into her work at a New York advertising research firm, Joan Conroy realized her workdays were making her miserable.

"A lot of it was just the way I was feeling when I would come home at the end of the day," says Conroy, 27. "I wasn't feeling like I had energy; I was burned out. I didn't want to come home every day feeling like this."

Conroy, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology, longingly thought of her past social services work with homeless people, which she had done for two years after college.


French connection

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
In Burgundy's wine country, young people find peace and perspective on retreat at a monastery in Taize.

 

At first there is fidgeting. And clearing of throats. Legs crossed and uncrossed, positions shifted. But slowly the silence descends, and there is stillness. For 15 whole minutes, hundreds of teenagers and young adults are alone-together-with their thoughts and with their God.


Lean into Lent

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The point of lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart a conversion process. But what is it we're supposed to change? How does change occur?

Lean into Lent

By Tom McGrath| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The point of lent is to change. We alter behaviors in order to jumpstart a conversion process. But what is it we're supposed to change? How does change occur?

Catholics Read program offers free Bible resources and study program

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Article Scripture and Theology
Catholics Read provides Catholics with supplemental material and a reading guide to understanding the Bible in an effort to help Catholics grow in faith and understanding of the sacred scripture.

Four routes to the ultimate destination

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Article Spirituality
If you're seeking to add a new dimension to your spiritual life, here's a quick introduction to some of the most time-honored rich spiritual traditions around.

Ignatian
Basic focus: "Finding God in all things." Ongoing discernment that calls its followers to recognize good and choose it over evil, and to experience the presence of God in all creation. All that we do should focus on seeking and serving the greater glory of God.
Spiritual practices: Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, examen of consciousness.


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Baby's first Holy Week

By Ginny Kubitz Moyer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
A first-time mom sees Easter anew through the eyes of her infant son.

For Lent last year, I gave up Easter. To be more precise, I gave up the Easter and Holy Week services that I love.

I wish I could say that this was a voluntary sacrifice, but it wasn't. It was the inevitable outcome of becoming a mom and realizing that your child's needs trump your own wishes. Mid-Lent, it occurred to me that my 6-month-old son, Matthew, would not take to my beloved Holy Week events with the same enthusiasm that I do.


Time crunched: How busy schedules are sapping our spirit

By Thomas J. Billitteri| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
How busy schedules are sapping our spirit.

After 15 years in the feverish world of corporate technology sales, Lu Ann Polejewski, mother of two, decided to make a change-or, as she says, to "re-engineer" her career. She now works from her suburban Minneapolis home as a business consultant, earning less money than she did during her sales career but spending more time with her family.


Inconceivable: The spiritual test of infertility

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Article Ethic of Life Sex and Sexuality Women
God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But millions of couples can't do that on their own, and the spiritual struggles are often as daunting as the physical and emotional ones.

 

New parents often describe childbirth and their part in procreation in religious, almost mystical, terms. It's a "miracle," "awesome," "glorious." Giving birth to their children is why God put them on this earth, a vocation, more important than anything else they will ever do. Some even see it as sharing in God's creative power.

So what if you were told you could never have that?


Asking for direction ... finally

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Article Seniors Spirituality
Sometimes the best place to talk to Catholic baby boomer men about spirituality is far removed from the quiet of a church sanctuary.

 

Kevin Bartels of Queens, New York, 48, is talking about God while some of his fellow baby boomers play weekend basketball at a city playground, a weekly ritual he partakes in with as much diligence as he attends to his Sunday Mass obligation.


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