Category Archives for "Community Contributors"

Apr 26

Bottles and Water (part three in a series)

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

Guest blogger Yvette Piggush shares reflections about her recent trip to Lourdes, France. This is the final in a series. Souvenir shops in Lourdes sell many kinds of water bottles: gallon jugs, plastic bottles shaped like Mary with a screw-off crown, spray bottles, and tiny, jewel-like glass bottles. I had only seen water from Lourdes […]

Apr 25

The Grotto of Lourdes (part two in a series)

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

Guest blogger Yvette Piggush shares reflections about her recent trip to Lourdes, France. This is the second in a series. The shrine of Lourdes in southern France commemorates the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Bernadette Soubirous between February 11 and July 16, 1858. The majority of these apparitions took place in February […]

Apr 07

Opening Doors Lay Ministry: a new book by Franciscan Sister Pat Forster on Mexico Missions

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

Guest blogger Franciscan Sister Rose Mae Rausch is a co-founder of the Mexico Mission and wrote this reflection on Sister Pat’s new book. Sister Patricia Forster, Franciscan from Little Falls, Minnesota, has just published the book, Opening Doors Lay Ministry: Mexico Mission 2002-2017. Sister Pat writes from personal experience, where she and other Franciscans contributed […]

Mar 30

Triduum engages the senses

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

“For every single person, the body is the place in which the most internal and the most external meet…” – Chauvet, The Sacraments, p. 1 I have always found Lent and the Triduum to be my favorite days of our liturgical calendar. I’m often met with strange looks when I confess that to others. In […]

Mar 12

Talking Faith and Francis in Rome

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

The following is a guest blog post by Barry Hudock. Barry works as publisher for parish resources at Liturgical Press. He lives in Albany with his family. My job at Liturgical Press typically has me sitting at my desk on the campus of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, toiling away with colleagues or […]

Mar 06

Carrying the cross with Jesus

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

As we make our way through Lent, various themes are brought to our attention.  These include: repentance, healing, forgiveness, obedience and listening to God. As we approach Holy Week, however, the theme of the cross becomes ever more on our minds.  We recall that Jesus is headed for Jerusalem where He will suffer and die before rising again.  We are reminded, […]

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