When I was a young boy, I always enjoyed going to visit my grandmother. She was such a joy to be around. All of the grandchildren called her “Mom,” and she would greet us with a big smile and hug and always made us feel special.
The third word is from John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
This is all about Mary to me. I find Mary so powerful and impactful in such a quiet and elegant way. At the Feast of Cana, she tells Jesus to perform His first miracle. She exhibits a strength and finesse that are commendable.
This is a blog to anyone who ever wore a snow suit!
When I was young, I was always super excited when the forecast called for a snow storm. As the first flakes began to fall, I would wander into my backyard, lay flat on my back on the ground, and have the snow fall on top of me, hoping it would cover me totally. Of course, this never lasted long, as I would get cold and go back inside for the warmth.
Join us here on the CatholicTV blog on Good Friday (4/14/17), beginning at 9am ET, for an hourly reflection from Jay Fadden on the Seven Last Words of Christ. We will post each of the Seven Last Words of Christ in hourly installments, concluding with the last Word at 3pm ET.
Last week, I wrote about potential in our faith life. But there is more than just potential; there is the desire and yearning to have God in our life. Many years ago, I heard a true story of a person who doesn't share our beliefs that puts into perspective how strong our faith life could be. I would like to share it with you now.
When my kids were younger, taking them to church was a challenge. They were loud and moving about everywhere. When my children were very young, we first attended a church that had a crying room. Many of you will remember those rooms, stuffed with children who were running around as their parents chased after them and tried to control them.
I have often written about loneliness over the years. I once had a conversation with my good friend, Father Frank McFarland, and he told me of all the letters he had received from people talking about being lonely. They talked about how hurt they were and spoke of a pain that was difficult to alleviate. I thought about that conversation a great deal, and that is why I began to write about the subject.