Making a radical leap of faith, Colleen Mitchell packed her family’s belongings and necessities into 12 suitcases, embarking “sight unseen on a journey of redemption” to the poorest area of Costa Rica, unsure of what lay before them. Judy Klein tells the story.
Our question of the week: how can we help our children understand and deal with suffering and grief?
Being happy in life will involve rising above the difficulties through prayer and perseverance, observes Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh.
Erin Franco reminds us that suffering well is what makes a saint–not how extraordinary his or her suffering is. She explains how the crosses and problems we go through in life can be transformed into a kind of everyday martyrdom by cooperating with His grace to freely choose to suffer well.
Judy Klein relates the story of a stranger’s act of mercy and how it rerouted her son’s journey from addiction toward healing grace.
Our souls long for empathetic relationships during experiences of personal suffering and the suffering of our loved ones. Jessica Ptomey brings us to the image of Mary at the foot of Jesus’ cross, reminding us that Christ and His Blessed Mother provide perfect sources and role models of empathy.
Nancy Ward shares a favorite post from the CatholicMom.com archives in which she finds inspiration from the unspoken witness of a young church musician who had the courage and perseverance to continue to share his gift of music even while he obviously was in great pain.