Inspiration:

NTC reporter gains greater appreciation for self-giving on young adult mission trip

Fiat-Trip-BUTTON.jpgFor a moment during the second day of our mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma it felt like we were in the novel, Holes, by Louis Sachar, in which the protagonists, Stanley Yelnats and Zero, are forced to dig holes at camp in order to build “character.”


Divine Mercy — a Journey to the Heart of Jesus

Divine-Mercy-BUTTON.jpg“Lord, have mercy!”  It’s an expression I’ve heard occasionally, used as a mild oath.  And yes — mild though it may be, it’s a sin against the Second Commandment about taking the name of the Lord in vain. But as a kid, I heard it from adults all the time, and didn’t think anything of it.


God's Quiet Presence in our Lives

The poet, Rumi, submits that we live with a deep secret that sometimes we know, and then not. 

That can be very helpful in understanding our faith. One of the reasons why we struggle with faith is that God's presence inside us and in our world is rarely dramatic, overwhelming, sensational, something impossible to ignore. 


The bravest action ever? Following Jesus (especially the first followers)

“What do you think was the bravest action ever?” my husband asked at breakfast last Sunday. “I don’t know,” I said. “Maybe the first rodeo clown who ever voluntarily jumped in a barrel and let a Brahma bull head-butt him across the arena?” I thought my guess was brilliant, but it wasn’t as simple as Larry’s conjecture.


Jesus’ sufferings point to the reality of his Kingship over all

heglen-button.jpgJesus just had a Passover supper like never before. Sure they did all the prescribed rituals, with a couple twists: he holds the unleavened bread that his ancestors held in Egypt and says, “This is my body.” He takes the cup of wine and says, “This is my blood.” Now we have a new covenant, one that will last forever.