OMG: Our Monthly Gathering

I fondly remember family dinners as a kid … my dad worked 7pm to 7am, so we would sit down at the table those nights at 5:30 to a home-cooked meal before he headed off to work the graveyard shift. Great memories of family time, not so great memories of being forced to load the dishwasher!

Men & Women Religious

I have two good friends who are discerning religious life. A friend who lives here in Charlotte entered on November 1st. She joined a small community of just 3 other women stationed in the mountains of eastern NC. Another entered into a month long observership in a Byzantine community in OH just a few weeks ago. What prompted them?

More Than You Realize

A friend introduced me to this grassroots initiative out of the Archdiocese of Denver called More Than You Realize. They released their first of many videos a few weeks ago. Check it out: These are great for sharing on your social channels, just tag MTYR’s account on whichever channel (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). We don’t have to…

I Have Called You By Name

One of our deepest desires is to be known. This begins with the simple act of learning someone’s name and using it. One time in a sales training we were told that “A person’s favorite sound is that of their own name.” Since I have a pretty common name, I hear it all the time and it speeds my heart rate up just a few beats because it signals that someone is about to talk to me, and that makes me pretty happy!

Parish-Wide Holy Hours

I had my first experience of Eucharistic Adoration when I was in Catholic elementary school. Our associate priest began an all-day Friday adoration program after the 8:30am Mass that we attended as a school. It began a life-long love for this type of prayer: just sitting with Jesus where He looks at me and I look at Him. We need more of this in our world!!

Thoughts on Evangelization

Evangelization: What is it? Do we have to do it? Can’t someone else take care of it? I’m not comfortable, can you do it?