By Mark C McCann, Catholic Stand - Our heavenly Father has a plan for our lives, a holy blueprint that He uses to shape His children within the Church by satisfying the four basic hungers that all human beings have. These inner longings are really just the ways in which we work out the purposes for which we have been created. When we grow in Christ, those hungers are satisfied and we become the men and women we are meant to be.
By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents - Permanent things, such as heaven and God himself, give us hope. So, it’s natural for people to have trouble with the ever-changing aspects of life, such as aging and relationships. In this video, Fr. Mike explains how we can embrace change in a way that makes us more grateful for the joys we are experiencing in the present moment.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - We live in times when many trivialize God or at least reduce Him to someone who can be managed and understood. God the Father has become more of a grandfather or a philosopher king than the Ancient of Days, dwelling in unapproachable light, surrounded in angelic praise and with fire going out before Him.
By Valerie Schmalz, Catholic News Service - “Kids are hitting rock bottom with suicide and opioid use” as serial cohabitation and plummeting numbers of marriages signal the disintegration of a relational society, (Helen Alvare) said in a talk July 12 at the Napa Institute’s eighth annual conference in Northern California’s wine country… But there are signs of hope in the “huge growth of hashtags, movements … straining toward solidarity… There are opportunities for the church to narrow the gap between our current contemporary situation and the church’s gorgeous prescriptions for human love,” she said.