Category Archives: Courage

The Missionary Spirit

  What if you were asked to leave your friends, family, and country behind to spread the Word in a foreign land? You don’t know the language or customs, you’d be left in the wilderness with a small group of … Continue reading

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Going Gratefully with God

     You work hard, you stay on track, and try to do what’s right, and yet, you don’t get a break. Everything is so hard. Is God listening? Does God know how you struggle?      Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore … Continue reading

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The Courage to Trust Your Instincts

“Mother Theodore was proactive. She knew her capabilities and didn’t hesitate to take control of a situation. On her transatlantic voyage in 1843, the captain of the ship became ill after an altercation with a drunken sailor. Mother Theodore quickly … Continue reading

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Friend and Mentor

After years of writing profiles on successful people for newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, I learned early on of the importance of mentors. Mentors truly are heroes who share the best of their experiences, education, and wisdom with someone else … Continue reading

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Women of Courage

Three of the most noted women saints–Genevieve, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa of Avila–are remembered for their courage and strength in difficult times. Author Joan Williams tells their stories in her book Three Saints. Women Who Changed History. See the … Continue reading

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Priestly Perspectives of a Dynamic Church

Catholic Watershed is an outstanding book that offers personal perspectives of six priests during a pivotal time in our American Catholic history. All ordained in Chicago in 1969, Mike Ahlstrom, Larry Duris, Bob Heidenreich, Tom Libera, Ed Upton, and Bill … Continue reading

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Prayer List

“Please pray for me.” As I walked out of the convenient store, the man behind me said his name was John and that he was diagnosed with cancer. As a single dad alone with a daughter he needed prayers and … Continue reading

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