A Church that Young Adult Catholics Can Believe In

My friend Nicole Sotelo, who is an astute observe of life in the Roman Catholic Church, wrote an article worth reading. "Where are the young people? It's a common question at Catholic parishes across the country, and soon church officials may understand why so many have left. The Vatican has invited bishops to fill out… Continue reading A Church that Young Adult Catholics Can Believe In


Jesus, the Center of It All

I had the joy of praying with the Immanuel Lutheran community for Ash Wednesday. Here is Pastor Paul Nelson's reflection on the Gospel and the day. Tonight, we begin our journey of reflection and repentance called Lent, a time to contemplate our daily discipleship more deeply, be honest about how we fall in sin and selfishness,… Continue reading Jesus, the Center of It All


TSV’s Voice in the Wilderness Award Goes to…

Bishop Robert McElroy. Don't miss this Commonweal Magazine coverage of his recent remarks. Disrupting Donald will take more than a village. (Photo from Commonweal) "I want you to sit back in your chair for a moment. And close your eyes, and I want you to think of someone you have known that our economy has… Continue reading TSV’s Voice in the Wilderness Award Goes to…

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Keeping Green: A Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen

"O, You who are ever giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, You are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep." Hildegard of Bingen Kim Langley of LifeBalance Enterprises offers a retreat that you can… Continue reading Keeping Green: A Retreat with Hildegard of Bingen

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19 Things (other than chocolate)…

From Msgr. Keith Derouen. 19 things you might consider giving up this Lent and beyond: Fear: God is on my side. In Him I am more than a conqueror. (See Romans 98) The need to please everyone: I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please. Envy: I am blessed. My value… Continue reading 19 Things (other than chocolate)…

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“Stay Awake”: Homeless Teens

Simple, wise thoughts from my friend Pastor Mary Brown about spotting and engaging homeless youth: "Youth who are homeless often will hang out in malls or other warm public places. If you are leaving a mall after hours and see a youth still there, s/he may need help. If a youth is hungry, s/he sometimes… Continue reading “Stay Awake”: Homeless Teens

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8 Reasons to Turn the Lights Out in Lent

I've moved beyond the crazy-busy, young-child years but I remember them well. I was touched by the candor and thought of this article by Jennifer Fulwiler, who offers a practice we might all benefit from in Lent. "Shortly after I converted to Catholicism, I found myself hopelessly overwhelmed. I had three children under age three, a seemingly… Continue reading 8 Reasons to Turn the Lights Out in Lent

Books by Trish

Coloring as Prayer and Meditation

Do you find silent reflection and prayer soothing? Consider one of these coloring books. With words from the Bible and saints to inspire you, here is an invitation to pause, to color, to meditate, and to pray. The stunning, jewel-toned windows of cathedrals popularly called rose windows have been a rich decorative motif in sacred spaces… Continue reading Coloring as Prayer and Meditation