June 25, 2018

Shocked, cheeks wet with tears, thoroughly pierced with grief, I drove in the late night to my parent’s home. I tried to imagine that my younger brother’s words spoken on the phone, “Mom is gone”, did not necessarily mean that she had died.

Two hours prior, mom and I sp...

June 25, 2018

"The sun could have not risen that day and it would have been less surprising than what actually happened." Sammie Wood, a mother of three, homemaker, and cattle rancher from Clayton, New Mexico, spoke through tears as she recalled the events of Aug. 10, 2014.

The...

"Let us become bearers of HOPE."  The Holy Father - Pope Francis

In the video below, Fr. John Riccardo joins Ralph Martin to reflect on grieving with hope and praying for those who have gone before us.
 

Fr. John Riccardo's Parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel Pari...

June 4, 2018

“I don’t believe in hell.  If there is a hell, it can’t be any worse than my life here.”  These were the most striking words from my 55-year-old-same-sex-attracted brother Mark in the last two-plus weeks of his life.  He died February 27, 2017, from throat cancer.  I w...

June 3, 2018

Christ promised to be with us always, even unto “the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20) Each time we walk into a Catholic Church and see a flickering red light we are reminded of how he continues to keep this promise, through his Eucharistic presence.

Growing up Catholic,...

June 3, 2018

Brendan Pearl believes the manner in which he received Dominik Pettey's memorial card was an act of God.


It was Nov. 1, 2014, at 2 a.m. A disabled car filled with teenagers was parked by the side of a highway in Bethesda, Maryland, when it was rammed by an SUV that had...