How to heal after your parish merges or closes

Less priestly vocations. Shrinking Catholic populations. An influx of immigrants bringing with them different religious traditions. Aging church structures that need cost-prohibitive repairs. These are just a few of the reasons parishes around the country are facing mergers or closures. Recently, the

A dress code for all times

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? How about a new dress code? In fact, there is one dress code that Christians should never ignore. It comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and

C.S. Lewis and the spirituality of grief

In a new In Focus for Our Sunday Visitor, writer Susan Erschen offers readers ways to cope with the loss of a loved one with the help of the writings of C.S. Lewis. Erschen writes: “Grief enters all of our lives at

A life-changing Lent, one week at a time

Every year around this time Catholics ask the same question: “What will I do for Lent?” We know our Lenten practice should be spiritually enriching. We know it should be a sacrifice. However, we might be tempted to take on a commitment

Thanksgiving begins with contentment

It is that time of year when we push aside the pumpkins carved with the words “We Give Thanks” and instead spread out all the holiday sale ads so we can make our Christmas wish lists. In a blink of an eye,

How to fight cancer with peace

Cancer — or any other major illness — might be a challenge to our faith. Or it can help our faith grow deeper than it has ever been before. The choice is up to us. Susan Erschen knows this first hand. In

Lessons on prayer from Pope Francis

For many people who visit the Vatican, seeing the Holy Father is the highlight of the trip. Yet, hearing the pope might be the greater and more life-changing event for those who are fortunate enough to attend one of his weekly audiences.

See the world through God’s eyes this year

We are happy to be done with 2020, writes Susan Erschen. We are glad this year of too much death, fear, suffering and strife is over. However, replacing our old calendars with new ones will not automatically change things. What changes things