Beneath the surface

I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I pruned the fig tree in our yard. I approached it like a sculpture where you just cut away branches until it looks good. Of course, within weeks my mistake was obvious as the new growth exploded out of the branches chaotically, like teenagers flying out the doors and windows when the police arrive at a house party. When my father-in-law, who grew up on a farm in Italy, saw the mess, he joked: “See if the police can catch the guy who did that to your trees.”

Fatherhood and the ‘transcendent third’

The philosopher Aristotle argued that the best friendships are grounded in a shared love of the good. In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis built on this idea using the metaphor that, in true friendship, we don’t stand face to face looking at one another, we stand side by side looking at the good.

5 ways to grow in stewardship

Stewardship is inseparable from discipleship, so our efforts to live as stewards must be firmly rooted in Christ. When you wake up each day, dedicate all your thoughts, words and actions to the Lord, and ask Jesus to guide and bless your stewardship. Here are some other ways to make stewardship a way of life.

Everything is a gift

"We received life not to bury it, but to put it into play; not to keep it, but to give it. Whoever is with Jesus knows that the secret to possessing life is to give it.”

Open your heart to God's infinite mercy

The Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II instituted this feast in 2000 based on the private revelations received in the 1930s by a humble Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska. In her diary, Faustina recorded Jesus telling her, “I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy.” Jesus also gave her the chaplet of Divine Mercy, promising, “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.” You can pray the chaplet on ordinary rosary beads.

Make space for God

A number of parishes and schools in the archdiocese have been screening a movie called LIKE to parents and students. It documents the problems created by excessive social media use and asks the question “Are you using technology, or is technology using you?” Though this movie raises more questions than it answers, our faith can show the way for those of us who don’t want to be used by technology.