Category Archives for "Community Contributors"

Aug 21

Surprised by God, a vocation story

By From the Heart | Catholic Culture

Have you ever been surprised? I have…sometimes by joy, sometimes by grief. Among life’s unexpected happenings, being surprised by God has opened me to experiences and perspectives I could have never even imagined. Here are a few musings from my journey of discernment, seeking peace and purpose in my life. Born in Forest Lake, Minnesota, […]

Aug 12

Encountering the Love of God

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

Steubenville.. How is one to explain the experiences had there? I know for most everyone who has ever been to a Steubenville youth conference, they would explain it to be life-changing. No matter where you are at in life, during this conference you will learn more about your Faith, how to defend it, and you […]

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 […]

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