I was 33 years old, and my wife and I were expecting our first child. It was 9 a.m. on a typical Tuesday morning. I was in a business meeting going over our company goals, and out of nowhere, a cold sweat came over me, and my heart began beating very quickly – as if it might beat out of […]Read More A Personal Story on Health & Uncertainty
At this most blessed time of the year, Jesus shows us the true way of humility, coming into the world as a mere babe in a simple manger. What a tremendous metaphor for how God can fill our emptiness and weakness with his grace and strength and send us out, led by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the Lord and […]Read More Look for God’s work among us
Did you know that we offer a way for you to send us your prayers? For more than 116 years, we have been bonded to our members by our Catholic faith. We believe in the power of prayer, in the strength it can give us in the darkest of times, and the hope it can give us when we need it the […]Read More Let us pray with you in your time of need.
Years ago when I was a student at the University of Texas, the Catholic Student Center provided a great home-away-from home. The Center was a short walk from the dorm and offered a quiet place to reflect between classes. Even better, the Center offered a 10 pm Sunday mass, meaning you could sleep in. This was important to a college […]Read More Hanging with Friends at the Student Center.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget that the new school year provides an opportunity for our children to take another important step toward realizing their full potential and become a complete person. Each year Catholic Life helps rekindle the excitement that can come from learning in tangible ways through their Catholic Life Sweepstakes. Over the past decade, Catholic Life […]Read More We cannot separate learning from faith.
One of my favorite ministries of being an archbishop in the Catholic Church is celebrating the sacrament of confirmation, and each spring I am privileged to celebrate this sacrament for thousands of the faithful at dozens of liturgies. Pictured: Castroville Branch Officer Francis Lutz presents a new Bible to the Confirmation students of St. Louis Catholic Church. I tell those […]Read More Celebrate the sacrament of confirmation.
So often, when Jesus healed the sick, he would tell them, “Your faith has healed you.” Faith is a great gift from God that frees us from the afflictions of life. Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote, “The core of faith rests upon accepting being loved by God.” When we proclaim “Amen”, we are affirming that we believe that God loves us […]Read More The Resurrection, an encounter through love and faith.
For the third consecutive year, Catholic Life has made a substantial financial donation to ACTS Missions, the parent organization of the popular ACTS Retreats. “Catholic Life Insurance is proud to be a supporter of ACTS Missions. We believe that ACTS is one of the most important movements within the Catholic Church today. It is our sincere hope that this gift will […]Read More We Support ACTS Missions
It’s not all work and no play for the seminarians at Assumption Seminary. Like the rest of us, they need breaks too. Sister Jane Mary Gawlik, CSSF, who worked until recently in the Vocations Office, noticed that the pool house and the surrounding pavilion were in need of repair. She petitioned her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie & Wayne Tiemann for help. […]Read More Summer to Be More Fun at Assumption Seminary
Catholic Life regularly receives requests for donations from Catholic retreat centers throughout our area of operations. The Circle Lake Family Retreat Center in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Eagles Wings Retreat Center in the Diocese of Austin are just two centers who have received financial support this year. We support these Centers because we believe that spending time on […]Read More Five Reasons You Should Go On a Retreat.