Appreciating the gift of nature

Spring is here and with it longer days. There’s time after the children are home from school for walks down to the local nature reserve or cartwheel practice on the back lawn. I water the pot plants and notice the popping up of new shoots, the bursting open of buds. The simple task of fashioning…

Love, freedom, and the universal call to holiness

From last week’s column in the Catholic Weekly:   “Very often we feel restricted in our situations, our families, or our surroundings. But maybe the real problem lies elsewhere: in our hearts. There we are restricted, and that is the root of our lack of freedom. If we loved more, love would give our lives…