St. Monica Blog

All We Need

There is a legend about a king who decided to set aside a special day to honor his greatest subject. When the big day arrived, a huge crowd gathered in the palace courtyard. Four finalists were brought forward, so the king could select the winner. The first person presented was a wealthy...

Look to the Cross

We are people of faith. We participate in Mass and draw inspiration because we are believers. Jesus is present, he speaks to us through his Word, he comes to us in our Communion. And what we participate in during the short time of worship is not our only act of faith. We continue the...

Jesus Lives

The world-famous violinist Fritz Kreisler earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions. And he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buy it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he...

Let it Happen

The British author Graham Greene once waited two and a half years for a 15-minute appointment with the Roman Catholic mystic Padre Pio, who resided in an Italian monastery. Padre Pio was reputed to be a “living saint” and bore on his body the “stigmata”, the wounds of...

Jesus Wept

A young man studying for the ministry was working at a Protestant church as a summer intern. He went over to the chapel one Sunday morning to serve communion. He had never served communion alone before and he was scared. The communion ritual was printed on a laminated card. The service proceeded...

He Sees the Good

Joni Eareckson Tada had a luncheon with a group of inner-city pastors from Chicago. Joni was left paralyzed many years ago from a diving accident. As she talked about disability ministry with these inner-city pastors, she couldn’t help wondering, “Am I supposed to say...

A Blank Canvas

A sales manager called his sales people together to try to encourage them to have a greater vision for their company. He had a big white poster board set up in the conference room, and in the middle of that poster board he had drawn ablack circle about the size of a quarter. He asked each one of...

Follow where He Leads

Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China more than a half century ago. During World War II, she was forced to leave her missionary work when the Japanese invaded Yangcheng. Fleeing certain death, she led nearly a hundred orphans over the mountains to Free China. It was a frightening journey. At...

Choosing Good

In the 1930s, a pastor and his wife lived on almost nothing. One day he came home and his wife was wearing a gorgeous dress. “Where did you get that dress?” he asked. “I bought it today.” He then asked, “How much did it cost?” “Ten dollars.” The...

Taking Care of Tomorrow

The late Bishop Ernest Fitzgerald used to tell about a man he knew years ago, who lived in one of the isolated corners of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Life was hard, and every day his little hillside farm was at the mercy of drought, wind, or cold. Yet he was about the most serene and deeply...