Still we hold the hands of the grandparents who first held ours

On the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly July 25, Heather Huot tells of the archdiocesan ministries to the elderly and the signs of love across the generations, with her own grandmom.

Catholic Foundation’s first 8 years saw growth in aid to archdiocese

Formed in 2013 to support charitable giving among the Philadelphia region's Catholics, the organization most recently provided a financial lifeline to parishes during COVID, writes Sarah Hanley.

Reliance on prayer helps family deal with serious health scare

The sister of Kim Griffin was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was successfully removed this week. Uncertainty for the future remains, but the family is assured God is with them in their suffering.

Give a ‘Christmas in July’ present: Tell the elderly they are loved

With pandemic restrictions last December preventing Christmas gatherings, the church suggests a simple way of nurturing intergenerational solidarity this July 25, writes Sister Constance Veit.

Avoid the ‘rotten fruit’ of our digital age

Catholics are being misinformed -- and lied to -- as the shrinking number of diocesan newspapers and news sites is creating a vacuum for the ideologically unscrupulous, warns Greg Erlandson.

Always have coffee ready

The sage advice by Katie Prejean McGrady's elderly grandmother serves to keep couples and friends close, and it reminds all Christians how to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

The power of solitude

Father Eugene Hemrick observes that we live in an environment filled with controlling machinations like never before. As Christ frequently prayed in solitude to his Father, so are we prompted to follow this practice.

The weight of carrying a regret

Having regrets can be positive in that they humble us. But being able to move on from regrets is the work of saints, and everyone, thanks to God's grace, writes Father Eugene Hemrick.

The power and beauty of analog human compassion

Medical technologies "are wonderful products of a God-given human creativity," but they are no substitute for the loving, human care of nurses, which Brett Robinson saw recently in a hospital.

After pandemic, to what ‘normal’ are we returning?

COVID revealed extraordinary goodness and serious dysfunctions in society and the church, realities that we must reckon with, writes Hosffman Ospino. Catholics must rethink the meaning of normalcy.