Each morning, Pat Shurmur pulls out a laminated card with his priorities for the day.
“We as coaches laminate everything. You never know when you’re going to get caught in the rain,” said Shurmur, 52, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.
The card has prayers and reminders of how he wants to live out his Catholic faith. His card includes petitions to St. Patrick and St. Joseph, a coach’s prayer and one his father, Joe, used during a terminal illness. The card also lists his family members’ birthdays and includes a “be list,” characteristics he wants to live by.Read More.
Ford Motor Co. has given Catholic Charities USA a new Mobile Response Center, which will bring relief and recovery to people across the country experiencing disasters. The van was presented Aug. 22 to the national agency, which is a network of Catholic Charities agencies and programs in U.S. dioceses and has its headquarters in Alexandria.
The vehicle is wheelchair accessible, has air conditioning, lighting, and even a phone-charging station, which will be particularly helpful for people in a disaster who need to reconnect with their families.Read More.
Heather King is a wonderful writer who, in “Holy Desperation,” gives us a contemporary rendition of classic Catholic asceticism. Her story — a recovering alcoholic who gave up the practice of law to embark on a full-time vocation as a writer — would be compelling enough as a human memoir. But what she has done in this remarkable book is more impressive. King, who entered the church in 1996, has allowed us to see the contours of her prayer life and the daily discipline that led her to a life of service.Read More.
Q: Can a priest refuse to christen a child born out of wedlock? (Mason Neck, Va.)
A: The answer — which may not be the one you were expecting or wanted — is, “It depends.” Simply that the child’s parents are unmarried would not justify refusing a baptism, and I would call Pope Francis as my witness on this.Read More.