Fr. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha Church, Chicago In my work over twenty-five years as a priest, with over 20 years in two parishes where I followed a priest-abuser, this is the question that will often be expressed from those abused. “Where was God when this was happening to me?” The question is especially poignant when… Read More Where Was God When This Was Happening to Me?
Kathleen Wilson Do you ever start noticing words or phrases or quotes keep popping up in your live so often that you begin to think of them as a message? A message that arrives to relate to your life and then moves you to send your own message out? This has been happening quite a… Read More I Thirst
Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured it all for us. I imagine… Read More Easter Reflections
Deacon Phil Franco, PhD “And Jesus wept.” The verse we just heard in the Gospel, the shortest verse in the entire Bible, is to me, also among the most mysterious. Since I was a little child the verse confused and fascinated me, as I wondered this: Why would Jesus, who is God, who knew that… Read More And Jesus Wept
By Charlene and Rick Niemi A priest friend recently told me that I cannot always judge past events through the eyes of “what I know now”. That brings to mind thoughts from 1 Corinthians: “At present we see indistinctly, as a mirror…but when the perfect comes…then face to face.” During this Christmas season if I… Read More God, Face to Face
By Deborah Rodriguez, MD In telling my story, I draw upon the Scriptures–especially the Gospels–for meaning, context and strength. The story of Mary Magdalene at the tomb (John 20:11-18) is one that has helped me tell my story. Mary Magdalene had been healed by Jesus (Luke 8:2) and, after experiencing her healing, never left Christ’s side, even walking… Read More Maria Goretti Network: A Ministry to Survivors
“While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’” Matthew 17:5
“The Lord preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night.” Exodus 13:21