Living Catholicism

Each month, you’ll find this column in Today’s Catholic newspaper.  You’ll also find each month’s contribution here after publication, to share with your friends.  Enjoy!

Time for A Spiritual Check-up

When’s the last time you gave yourself a spiritual check-up? If you answered recently, then congratulations! However, it’s more likely that you answered not recently or never. According to several reputable research studies almost 750,000 people in Bexar County report having no association with a religious faith…the number is up 50-percent from the year 2000. […]

Newspaper Column on Eucharist

The following Pilgrim Center of Hope “Living Catholicism” column appears in Today’s Catholic newspaper (June 8, 2018 edition). In that little host is the solution to all the problems of the world. These words of John Paul II on the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ give an answer to so many questions, doubts, and problems people […]

Naked Before God

Naked before God.   That is how I felt; a pilgrim who did not deserve to be standing atop Mount Calvary in Jerusalem. Dim candlelight revealed the edges of the rock hill where Jesus of Nazareth had shed his blood for love of me. I could only stand there in silence; feeling speechless and thoughtless […]

Living Catholicism: On Family Vacations

by Nan Balfour Each summer, I could count on this conversation between my sons and me as we packed for our family vacation: “Make sure you pack clothes for Mass.” “What?! Why do we have to go to Mass when we are on vacation?!” My usual response, “Just because we are on vacation does not […]

Living Catholicism: In God’s Image & Likeness

All of the advancements in education and technology have failed to address the most basic needs of the human person; who am I; what is my purpose?