The first video of the series "Journey to the Heart of Family" features a woman named Norma who talks about the impact of losing a baby six months into her pregnancy.
Because of their faith, the difficult experience helped Norma and her husband grow closer and experience sacramental love -- trusting God and opening their hearts and marriage to Him. Praying together and practicing their vows are important to them.
"God in His great mercy has blessed us with another son, who has filled our hearts with tremendous joy," Norma says at the end of the short video.
A new Pew Research Center survey shows that there is a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion. The largest shift is occurring among the "millennial" generation, generally defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
The survey, conducted in 2014, revealed that the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has declined by 8 percent since the last survey in 2007. Forty-one percent of respondents who said they were raised Catholic no longer identify with the faith.
And it's due to a lot of help from people such as you.
In August 2014, Religion News Service carried an article titled "In some poor neighborhoods, the Catholic school is the only hope." The interview subject was Nicole Stelle Garnett, who with fellow University of Notre Dame professor Margaret F. Brinig wrote "Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America."
"There's a spillover into the community," Garnett said of the schools' impact.
St. Francis' Peace Prayer is familiar to many of us:
"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy."
In that prayer, we don't ask God to be consoled, understood or loved. Rather, we ask to be the person to offer those actions as instruments of God's peace.