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Taking Advantage of the Summer

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 6/28/18

For many, the summer months offer more time for things that during the rest of the year are not afforded to us. Whether it is time with family and friends, time to enjoy that good book we’ve been waiting to crack open, time to take care of that house ... Read More »

Ordination Season

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 6/14/18

There aren’t too many more powerful moments in the life of the Church than an ordination to the priesthood and diaconate. After many long years of prayer, discernment, and formation, the Church calls the men forward to lay down their lives in love for Jesus and His Church. The ... Read More »

Is the Pilgrimage Over?

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 4/13/18

We made it! After six long weeks, we have completed our Lenten Pilgrimage from our own slavery to sin to the freedom of God’s merciful love! I don’t know about you, but I got to Easter and let out a full-body: “Whew!” It was getting harder and harder to ... Read More »

An Invitation to Divine Mercy

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 3/24/18

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28). As we enter into the Sixth Week of Lent, we can maybe express the sentiment that: “This has been a long pilgrimage!” This Lent we have been imitating both the Israelites ... Read More »

Pilgrimage to Divine Mercy

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 3/02/18

What is the season of Lent all about? For some, it may just be the color purple and fish fries. For others, it is a second attempt at our New Year’s Resolution—and this time we only have to stick to our commitment for forty days! I’ve been inspired by ... Read More »

A Super Bowl Takeaway

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 2/08/18

There were many people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagle’s victory on Sunday night. I’m sure there were Philly fans across the country celebrating the first Super Bowl win in decades. Additionally, I’m sure there were many others who were just happy to see that Tom Brady and the Patriots did ... Read More »

“So they left their father Zebedee in the boat …”

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 1/18/18

I love the Gospel of Mark! It is the shortest of Gospels—only 16 chapters in all—and yet it is not for lack of quality or quantity. Each line is packed with meaning and depth. For example, in this week’s Gospel it says: “Then he called them. So they left ... Read More »

Pondering the Mystery

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/28/17

Merry Christmas! It's finally here! Even with the shortest Advent Season possible, Christmas still seemed so far away for so long. Although the rest of America has been listening to Christmas music and hanging decorations since Thanksgiving (or earlier!), for the Church, we are just beginning to celebrate. I ... Read More »

Gaudete! Rejoice!

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/16/17

Happy Gaudete Sunday, where the Church pauses halfway through our preparation for Christmas and recognizes the need to heed the words of St. Paul: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).

This is a powerful part of our Church's liturgical wisdom, which recognizes that this time of ... Read More »

St. Benedict on Work - Part 3

Posted by Carol Dolinar on 12/01/17

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness,” said the twentieth century American author Napoleon Hill. I would guess that this quote resonates with a lot of people who have come across situations in life where they have been called to go ... Read More »