Meeting Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa passed into eternal life in 1997. Many people had the good fortune to meet her personally, but I never did.   Or did I?  On a family visit to Washington, D.C., in 2007, our missionary friend, Patrick, took us to an AIDS…

Where Hope Grows

A public service ad going around Facebook shows all the things those with Down syndrome are doing to live full, exciting lives. It includes athletes, public speakers, actors...and David DeSanctis, who is all of the above. The 23-year-old…

The Faith of a Child

You might have to squint to find Eduardo Verástegui in his new movie, Little Boy. The actor, whose looks are proof of the existence of God, appears briefly as a bald, spectacle-wearing priest. His role in the film itself may be small, but…

Do You Believe in Miracles?

In 1974, Robert Gutherman was a 14-year-old youth, one of 11 children growing up in the shadow of St. Katharine Drexel’s convent in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. He and his brothers had often served mass for the sisters. Though not yet declared…

How to Support Young Adults

Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. Does it have to be that way? Or is there something we can do? Between 17 and 25, a person is bound to go through at least one life-changing transition, and probably several. We…

Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor live a hidden life of service to the elderly poor. They have houses in 31 countries, and their foundress, Jeanne Jugan, was canonized by Pope Benedict in 2009. Sister Mary Bernard, lSP, was a superior in…