Newsletter Articles

An Irish Priest in Ohio

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:10+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

This summer, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit of a charming Irish priest. He is in his 80s and was visiting the country for a few weeks. He joined us for 4 days as a retreat. He kept us inspired and amused the whole time. His joy was contagious; his accent was fun to listen to; his [...]

Fatima: A Message of Peace

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:10+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Marian, Newsletter Articles|

In 1917, World War I—called “the war to end all wars”—was raging. The Holy Father at the time, Pope Benedict XV, decided to pray a novena to the Queen of Peace, asking her to intercede for an end to the war. He began this novena on May 5. On May 13th, 1917, the eighth day of [...]

Mysteries of Mercy

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:10+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

In the Bull of Indiction for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wrote: “How many pages of Sacred Scripture are appropriate for meditation during the weeks of Lent to help us rediscover the merciful face of the Father!” It was my hope in writing these “Mysteries of Mercy” to use instances in the life of Jesus [...]

Find Him

By | 2018-01-17T17:41:11+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Works of Mercy|

Early last year, I walked into one of the facilities for the sick and elderly that we visit, and saw a man I had never seen before sitting on a couch. The expression on his face was slightly pensive. As I approached him, he looked up and gave a sad smile. I noticed his sadness was [...]

Being Merciful to Ourselves

By | 2018-01-21T13:25:11+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Categories: Lent, Newsletter Articles|

Is Beating Ourselves Up Helpful? At times, we can be very hard and harsh on ourselves. This can be particularly true for those of us who truly want to follow Jesus and to grow in holiness. There can be a tendency to judge our mistakes very severely, and to “beat ourselves up” for any little slip [...]

Immense Hope

By | 2018-02-16T16:37:49+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: Marian, Newsletter Articles|

The banner for the year of reconsecration in the Diocese of Steubenville. Click on the picture to learn more about the immense hope in our diocese. “There is IMMENSE HOPE,” happily bellowed our bishop into a crowd of faithful gathering to kick off a year of renewal for our diocese. As I sat [...]

Compassion for the Sinner

By | 2018-01-21T13:28:05+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Newsletter Articles, Works of Mercy|

Forgiveness is one of the highest forms of love; one that all of us need, and yet which most of us find difficult to offer. We can often get stuck when it comes to forgiveness if our attention is on the sin rather than the sinner, and it is often necessary to first cultivate compassion in [...]