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Selfish or shellfish?

What sea scallops taught me about the true meaning of Christian love By Michelle Sessions DiFranco

Meatless variety

Meals for Fridays in Lent don’t have to be dreary and repetitive By Michelle Sessions DiFranco It seems there are many Catholics who groan during Lenten Fridays. Is it really that hard to go a whole day without meat? I find that it isn’t the absence of meat that people…

Twisted Wisdom: What I learned from a pretzel

Tasty ‘little reward’ has religious history, significance By Michelle Sessions DiFranco I will never forget the afternoon God spoke to me through Google. It was one of those chaotic days with three deadlines, a house turned upside down and a 5-year-old relentlessly chattering on about the dinosaurs she learned of…

Shoes for St. Nick

This children's craft reminds us all of the real-life saint behind Santa Claus By Patricia Majher It's easy amid the commercialization of the Christmas season to forget that Santa Claus has his origins in a third-century bishop of our faith named St. Nicholas.

A candle for remembering

By Michelle Sessions DiFranco With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, it’s hard not to get caught up in everything that is, well, all about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Heck, how can we not, when we’re so bombarded with sights and sounds all around us? Set foot into the realm of…

Blessed biscotti

Bake a batch of the sweet treat even St. Francis let himself enjoy By Michelle Sessions DiFranco What do a modern-day professor from Canada and a 13th-century saint from Italy have in common? The answer, improbably enough, is a cookbook, called Cooking with the Saints: An Illustrated Treasury of Authentic…

A tisket, a tasket, a spiritual lift in a gift basket

By Michelle Sessions DiFranco Not long ago, a friend of mine was sharing how down she was feeling. She was pondering a litany of New Age remedies for her slump. At the end of our talk, she suggested that we go and get a pedicure together to help get her…