FeaturedGoing against the grain: Preparing for Christmas through Advent by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. This weekend, with the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year. And, with the start of a new Church Year, we begin a new cycle of Scripture readings at Mass. For the

FeaturedA beautiful Thanksgiving meditation

I am pleased to present this guest post from Brunhilde Luken, a painter and spiritual writer. I met Brunhilde several years ago as we were both members of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester. She is one of those people that truly wears her heart on her sleeve–you know you’ve met someone

FeaturedGrief as a life-giving creative process

This is my latest column from The Catholic Free Press. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * November can be a difficult month for many. The clocks roll back and the sun sets at 4:30.

FeaturedGreat reading for all ages, and you can win a copy! The Chime Travelers series by bestselling author Lisa M. Hendey

You could win a copy of both books in the Chime Travelers series! Find out how at the end of this post … great gift for the child in your life (even if it’s you!). When’s the last time you treated yourself to a good children’s book? How did reading it make you feel? As

FeaturedLife restored after a season of loss: “River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times” in word and song

This past Wednesday was a BIG day. This arrived in the mail … But that was not all. I also got the final mix of my soundtrack CD for River of Grace from the producer. And I have to say he really outdid himself. I sent him a text back with 7 hearts – one

FeaturedFaced with denying your pet medical care because of the cost? Now help is available through Four Paws Lifeline

My guilty pleasure is my love of cats. I have two that I spoil (Jenny and Rameses); I also spend time watching live kitten cams and chatting with other cat lovers. I grew up with dogs and love them too. Along with the pleasure of their company is the responsibility for their well-being. What happens

Grief that doesn’t “follow the rules” – my interview on the Jon and Jeanne Morning Program on Iowa Catholic Radio

I was privileged to appear this morning on “Jon and Jeanne in the Morning” on Iowa Catholic Radio to talk about River of Grace: We talked about the creative ways that God’s grace works through our grief when we lose someone we love. Turns out I’m far from alone in thinking my grief journey after

The King of Truth: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel (John 18:33b-37) by Father Steven LaBaire –

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: This weekend’s gospel reading presents us with two men: Pontius Pilate and Jesus. Pilate has heard a lot about Jesus. He’s trying to figure out who Jesus is: Where

Book signing at Boucher’s in Worcester, Sat., Nov. 21 from 11-1 with live music! Come and say hello

I will be at Boucher’s Good Books, 254 Lake Street, Worcester for a River of Grace book signing and impromptu live concert featuring the music from the River of Grace Soundtrack CD! The book and CD would make a great gift for someone you love. Come on down and say hello!   Recently Lisa Hendey,

Facing challenges in our lives–an interview on Relevant Radio.

I had a wonderful conversation with John Harper on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air program. He did a great job of encapsulating the hopeful message of River of Grace. Here’s the interview: I was in good company judging from the guests: Be sure and visit the show’s archive page to hear these other guests. I have