When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the Christmas season inside a cozy home while the bitter winter wind whips outside. Some people don't have the means to combat the cold weather by turning up the thermostat and sipping a cup of hot chocolate.
Harrison, Ark., was again the center of local and national attention when a racially charged billboard was erected with a white girl holding a dog pictured and stating, "It's not Racist to (Heart) Your People."
It lists a "White Pride Radio" website, which leads to Ku Klux Klan information. The KKK is a national hate group that promotes white supremacy and has targeted blacks, immigrants, Catholics and Jews.
My Table is Spread: In what passes for a liturgical calendar in TV land, we are now in the high holy days: "Downton Abbey" has returned to our screens.
"We are human beings, we feel weak, we feel traumatized. The feeling for revenge -- it's real. It takes time."
Q and A: Catholics of all backgrounds have shaped New York for over 200 years. Another New Yorker and Catholic, Patrick McNamara, took a deeper look at them.
Franciscan Br. Octavio Duran captured many of the iconic images of Archbishop Oscar Romero during the final two years of the Salvadoran archbishop's life.
Students at Spalding Catholic School in Granville traced, cut and put fabric pieces in sets, but they weren't busy with some elaborate art project.
They were participating in a shoe-cutting party to benefit African children through the Sole Hope project, whose main goal is to provide closed-toe shoes so jiggers do not cause foot-related diseases.
Jiggers burrow into feet and lay eggs that multiply and damage tissue, causing pain and infections that may lead to amputation and even death.
Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.
The news is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans.
Supporters of the cause for Romero's canonization have been frustrated for years by what they view as a stalled effort.
As a volunteer driver, Bob Bates has the opportunity to provide car rides for those who can't drive themselves. A veteran of the airline industry for 30 years, Bates now serves as a driver for Jewish Elder Transportation (JET) Express, a volunteer driver program and a service for adults offered by Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City. JET Express uses volunteers to provide door-to-door transportation for adults ages 65 or older, regardless of religious affiliation. (According to Bates, JET Express drivers can be of any religious denomination as well.)