Guest columnist

A CATHOLIC LEGACY | What will your legacy be?

In 1965, a few years after returning from service in the Korean War, Ray Piontek suddenly found himself a widower struggling to raise five small children on his own — the youngest just six weeks old. By the grace of God, however, his family's story doesn't end with the tragic death of Ray's young wife.

FAITH AT HOME | How to honor fathers with love

Beer. Golf. TV. Mowing. Burping. Fishing.

According to greeting cards in the store aisles, this is all that modern fathers care about.

Father's Day is clogged with lowbrow stereotypes. Dad just wants to hog the remote control, crack a few crass jokes and drink a cold one.

He's not nurturing, caring or involved. He's not devoted to his wife, children or grandchildren.

But think about the fathers you know. Chances are they defy such silly typecasting. They're washing dishes and changing diapers. They're sacrificing to pay for college or moving to be near grandkids.

IN LIGHT OF FAITH | The life-changing power of joy

When you're in your 20s and 30s, you often feel invincible — like there's so much time to make mistakes because you'll fix them tomorrow. It's easy to boast that this is the time to do whatever you want.

But then something happens. Maybe you lose your job or your longtime friend stops returning your texts. Or, maybe you learn at age 35 that you have breast cancer — which is what happened to me.

FAITH AT HOME | How to widen our hearts on Mother’s Day

For mothers who have lost children.

For children who have lost mothers.

For women who long to be mothers.

For mothers who never got to meet their children.

As my husband and I are writing a book on miscarriage for Catholic couples, I've posed the question on social media: Has your parish's blessing on Mother's Day included prayers for women who long to have a child or women who have lost a child?

COMING OF AGE | Answering the call to evangelize requires overcoming fear

Every Catholic is called to evangelize and share God's love with others.

I recently attended some meetings that reminded me of this call. Through the theme of the V Encuentro (Fifth Encuentro) — a multiyear process of gatherings leading up to a V National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry this September — people were reminded that all baptized are "Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God's Love."

VIEWPOINT | Important takeaways from the presynod gathering in Rome

The very fact that more than 300 young people — joined by another 15,000 virtual participants via social media — produced a document to be read and studied by bishops around the world in preparation for the Vatican's 2018 synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" is no small feat.

The near-unanimous consensus on a range of issues facing young people in the Church today offers an example to the rest of the Church at a time when some established leaders, continuing to fight old battles, are adding to the climate of polarization rather than overcoming it.

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