Entries by Laurie Hallstrom

Welcoming gestures can lead someone to Christ

One of the great gifts of Pope Francis, as witnessed during his recent visit to the United States, is his ability to touch the hearts of believers and nonbelievers alike by his willingness to engage in conversations that bring and lead to a fuller share and life in Christ. In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium […]

‘Isn’t it time to defund Planned Parenthood?’

The videos are shocking, sickening, appalling and deeply disturbing. The videos to which I am referring are those released by the Center for Medical Progress revealing how Planned Parenthood employees admit that they harvest and sell fetal tissue and body organs from aborted babies for profit. It is a fact that a 17-week-old baby has […]

We can become instruments of God’s grace

  How did you do last month with my challenge? If you remember, I encouraged you to invite your neighbor over for dinner and dessert, to strike up a conversation with someone you do not know and to introduce yourself to a stranger or a visitor in your parish. Hospitality is all about invitation, and […]

Court decision troubling for traditional values

As we all know, on June 26 a deeply divided United States Supreme Court issued a morally tragic ruling for our country and its future by redefining marriage. This ruling will force all states to license and recognize marriages between two persons of the same sex. As I have had time to reflect upon this […]

The Summit: Let us reach for a vibrant faith together

This past summer I was invited to go rock climbing with Anders family. This was the first time I’d ever been rock climbing and honestly, I was quite nervous, especially when Cameo turned to me, “Okay, Father Mark, it’s your turn.” Shortly after her invitation, I was harnessed and ready to begin the climb, an […]

Your input and vision are important to planning

Where are we going? What is the vision? How are we going to get there? These questions often surface as a company or institution looks toward the future. They are important questions upon which to reflect. Now that I have been here for almost four years and have some experience behind me, these have become […]

Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Happy Easter to all of you! I hope and pray that the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter were inspiring and life-giving. We would be remiss though if we left this great celebration of resurrected life in the past as just another Sunday in the church year. The Easter season, this time of grace, spans fifty […]