Less than a year ago we were in a state of loss and tragedy. There was a great deal of darkness in our lives on many levels. We are still grieving the losses but light has finally entered in and the hope we desperately clung to has bloomed into a beautiful bouquet. Don’t get me … Continue reading Just Hang On
Listen, Ponder, Trust
I was reading the story of Samuel and Hannah in today’s readings (1 Samuel 1:24-28 and 1 Sam 2:1-8 as our Psalm) and thinking about Hannah. She waited her whole life for a baby and was told she never would have one. God gave her one despite the non-believers that surrounded her. Once she has … Continue reading Listen, Ponder, Trust
The People in Darkness
Advent is a great time to pray with this line from Isaiah.
Asking for Help from a Mother Who Knows | Lois Kerschen
Seeking prayers from a mom who knows….
The White Star
Looking through lenses of faith during the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary makes it easy to see the Holy Spirit at work in the little moments.
God, My Tesla
Overcoming My Mistakes: 99% God vs1% Me My Spiritual Director and I love to hash out a metaphor for the spiritual life. She was telling me that when she was in grad school, her professor walked into the room and drew a huge "99%" on the white board. Then a small "1%." She proceed to … Continue reading God, My Tesla
God the Investor
As I recover from major surgery, I decided to pull out a draft from last fall that I particularly like because although it isn’t timely to the season of Easter, it is always relevant to the way we are stewarding the gifts God has given us to build His Kingdom. Each day counts and as … Continue reading God the Investor
The Four Degrees of Love: Part 4
The final part of a four part series based on a study session with St Bernard and the Four Degrees of Love.
Saying Goodbye to Papa
Mothers are our universe, but dads make or break us.
Where is God waiting for YOU?
Where is God connecting the dots of your life? I am finding my faith and writing are starting to intersect with drawing and painting! Comment with your answer!
The Four Degrees of Love: Part 3
As this is a continuation of a study group we did on the the article from Soul Shepherding entitled (and linked here) Four Degrees of Love (Bernard of Clairvaux) I recommend you take a look at my previous two posts for parts one and two. I tried to keep these brief and rich so that … Continue reading The Four Degrees of Love: Part 3
Stop Abiding at the Altar of Disappointment
If you want the world to be better, stop abiding at the altar of disappointment.
The Four Degrees of Love: Part 2
Only a humbled heart can experience gratitude because gratitude it directed to something outside of our own doing.
The Four Loves: A Four-Part Reflection
Love is such a simple word but has so many meanings. The degrees to which we are loved and we love is not so simple. Let's take it one degree at a time.
The More Empty, the More Room
While we may not think of being "empty" as a good thing, we must realized that these moments of spiritual and physical "poverty" happen in life. Sometimes this emptiness comes to us like the widow in today's gospel (who gave all she had from her poverty) and sometimes someone like Fr Leger, a Cardinal of … Continue reading The More Empty, the More Room
Each of Us is Willed
Your Role in the Play
From central casting agency. You have been cast in our upcoming production for the following role: “Immigrant.” This is a leading role and an essential character to the story. Immigrant: role description and back story You are journeying to a great destination that will provide you with freedom and peace. You are willing to do … Continue reading Your Role in the Play
Yearning for the Stable Moon
Last night we ventured out as a small group of friends to an area nearby on a mountain where the Vanderbilt Observatory is tucked at the top of a clearing. Saturday nights once a month, the famous Bluebird Cafe offers live music with some of the originals and best singer/songwriters in this talented place called … Continue reading Yearning for the Stable Moon
If you are new here, welcome! Let me explain that I have a few kinds of posts. Some are funny stories. Some are personal reflections, and the third are recaps of my weekly prayer group reflections. Whenever my group meets to pray with the upcoming Sunday gospel (we are Roman Catholics and as such use … Continue reading John 6:66
Strengthened By Brokeness
I recently hit a bit of darkness in my spiritual life when I went through several important changes in the late spring/early summer. They were all challenging to say the least, but God is faithful and He led me one step at a time through those dark woods. My friend, "Dred" who is training to … Continue reading Strengthened By Brokeness
Annoyance is a Luxury
In a culture of comfort we can follow the example of St Junipero in fortitude for mission.
Time Adds Beauty
It’s never too late. Just before COVID hit I found a book at the library in preparation for our trip to England. I didn’t realize that this book was about to open a new world to me, not just in travel, not just in history, but in illustration. Susan Branch is an artist and writer … Continue reading Time Adds Beauty
Waiting in the hospital while her husband was in an important surgery, she saw him. He was walking between two armed officers, chains bound his wrists and feet. As he shuffled toward her she noticed his disheveled appearance--tattoos everywhere, long unkempt hair and his prison jumpsuit. Do not avert your eyes....she reminded herself. Last week's … Continue reading The Gaze
A Big Bowl Of Spaghetti
Being in the world or of the world? It's like a big bowl of spaghetti. So how do we know?
A Bride and A Bar
Here is a fun activity for your next event. An easy to make flower bar.
In the Storm
The storms of our lives are where we need a savior. Will you keep trying to be your own savior? There is a better way. The way of LOVE.
Last week in prayer, our group was given the gift of one of M’s prayerful reflections. She carries her cross better than anyone I know, and it’s a big one. Mother Teresa said when we suffer we are so close to Jesus he can kiss us, and we all agree that for M, God is … Continue reading Blank Puzzles
The Rock: Blunder or Buoyant?
Is Peter written in order to teach us how to be faithful in our humanity? Through blunders and dives, the faith of this buoyant fisherman is the foundation Jesus chose to build his church.
Good Jesus and The Big Tipper
What do a dazzler, a marathon runner, a male nurse and pizza delivery guy have in common? The powerful name of...
Who Said That?
A friend sent me a picture of a poster she made, which hangs on her frige. It deliniates the voice of God and the voice of Satan. Many times, when we are faced with making a decision, we are instantly snared with the anxiety of the possible outcomes. Asserting control (as it was once said, … Continue reading Who Said That?
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Three Chords 🎵 and the Truth; Friend of Franciscan Uses Music to Heal
What do a musician, St Francis and a Native American have in common? It takes three chords and the truth to tell this story.
To Live Well
If I knew that I had only a few years left to live, I imagine that I would spend a great deal of that time making those years about who I am in the world. Doing my best to extend my health and my body, I might eat better and make more efforts to be … Continue reading To Live Well
Recycling For Dummies
Recycling our minds to make the most of the moment we are living.
I am the Infant Now
Take a moment to stare into the eyes of God.
Baby Fiats are little moments of the day when we can say yes to God. We reflect this week on the fiat of Mary to understand how we can imitate her.
That Thing I Do?
Want to make someone's day? This is an easy way to do it.
The Weightlessness of Time
When you really love a soul and feel the joy sublime You never really feel the heavy weight of time You only feel the rush of days that hurry past your heart The spending of the moment like a spinning whirring dart Whether parent, friend or child, you always know the truth That loving costs … Continue reading The Weightlessness of Time
Amending The Soil
Time to render your spiritual soil...
Our Hope is in God Alone — The Simple Catholic
A friend's reminder that we need not fear.
“Reclaiming Love” and the Neglected Part of Ourselves
Here is a book that is based on the teachings of Pope John Paul the Great and Theology of the Body. Fr Martin takes these teachings to a practical level and delves into the WHOLE human and how we love.
A Million Tiny Pieces
On a beautiful early autumn afternoon I jumped into my car, on to the next errand. I shut the door and suddently heard a sound that was similar to a bag of gravel dumping out in the back of my car. I looked into the rear view mirror and suddenly I realized there was no … Continue reading A Million Tiny Pieces
Brother Francis presents The Kingdom!
"But the Knights remained at their post. For that is what Knights do...continually protect the Kingdom they love."
The Brow of the Hill
Stand at the brow of the hill...what will you see?
Sanitize Your Soul
Always treat your soul with the same caution you treat your body during the pandemic.
When we were little, my dad gave us a chance to earn money around Christmas time so that we could buy gifts for others. He called them "Christmas Bucks" and even drew out little dollar bills with funny little pictures on them, cut them out in the shape of monopoly money, and gave them to … Continue reading Care-isms
Lots of people say Grammy (my mom) is like Mary Poppins, or Auntie Mame, but to her daughters she is more like the guy running the roller coaster ride at the park who loves to say "Buckle up!" and watch as your face takes on a look that lands somewhere between terror and excitement, with … Continue reading Grammy Gabs
The other day, after a deluge of personal bad news (even after the bad News on TV and in the media), my heart was moved to pity when my husband asked for maybe the 10th time that day “What’s wrong?” With anxiety raining down around us, I confess I have deeper lines in my forehead … Continue reading Ask Yourself…
Con (with ) Soul (Invaluable individual spirit)...walking with someone without trying to "fix" them. That is to console...
If My People Who are Called
I was having a conversation with a friend today about our shared sadness for our hurting world. Neither of us felt we knew what to do, "but," she stated, "I know the answer is Jesus." Shortly after, this little slip of paper fell onto the counter from a little pile of papers I hadn't touched … Continue reading If My People Who are Called
I Showed Up
This week's prayer group called us to focus on those who have been entrusted to our care, and the case of a selfless young woman.
Why the Rosary is the Spiritual Vaccine for the Pandemic
By: Megan Naumovski If you look up synonyms for PANDEMIC, you find at least 40 different words of which only a small handful seem at all connotative …Why the Rosary is the Spiritual Vaccine for the Pandemic
What do hiccups and holiness have in common?
A Pandemic Love Letter
By meg God is restoring something in you during these days of change...what is it? I decided to write a love letter to God, thanking Him for these challenging times. I will review it in six months and see what I am leaning about my relationship with God, myself and others. Dear Heavenly Father; these … Continue reading A Pandemic Love Letter
Why it's okay to be weak this week.
How to Increase Our Trust in Times of Desperation
A text popped up on my phone the other night, "Jesus, I trust in you." One of my bestie's pics popped up with her name. "Everything ok?" I texted back. The response was not surprising, that anxieties are mounting. Sometimes, all we can do is muster a short act of faith like one prayer St. … Continue reading How to Increase Our Trust in Times of Desperation
Why You Won’t Need a Cap and Gown for Morality 101
Why our fragile freedom means every moment is a new moral question.
“Turn me inside out”…”This is the meaning of true love; to give until it hurts.” St Teresa of Calcutta.
Surely it is foolishness
That to be fulfilled
I must empty myself
That to be esteemed
I must humbly serve others
That to taste the nectar of freedom
I must be wholly obedient
So it is for those who are perishing
The wise see the Cross as folly
But believers see His saving power
So shred my worldly wisdom
Do not cast me aside
Turn me inside out
So to live in Your Truth
Get Your Ash On
Ash Wednesday may be the beginning of a season of penance and fasting in the church, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have joy! In the end, no matter how we choose to go about prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we must every day take stock of the tremendous blessings we have been giving by … Continue reading Get Your Ash On
The Vice of Acedia and Our Use of the Media, Part 1 – SpiritualDirection.com
SPIRITUALDIRECTION- explores Catholic spiritual direction advice and how a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human being based on the wisdom's of the Bible, Church and the saints and angels. — Read on spiritualdirection.com/2020/02/24/the-vice-of-acedia-and-our-use-of-the-media-part-1
Each of Us is Willed
The Lamb, The Angels & Knock
Upon visiting the Shrine at Knock last fall, I was blessed with the mystical image of the chapel.
Lessons from Papa
The House By The Side of The Road
The Last Antiphon
O Come Emmanuel!! The Birth of Jesus. In those days a decree went out from Caesar August us that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to … Continue reading The Last Antiphon
O Come! King of all Nations!
My brother-in-law makes these beautiful nativity scenes out of old mint tins. None of them are the same. Each has a unique posturing of the Holy Family. The tiny gestures of hands, tilted heads, and open arms all pray in me a most profound peace and worship of the newborn King.
O Come, Radiant Dawn
O Come! Key of David!
Day 4 of the O Antiphons
O Come: Root of Jesse’s Stem
O Come! Day 2!
God is the giver of the law; let us revisit these laws of the Ten Commandments today. Instructions for living a life that pleases God...right at our fingertips.
The O Antiphons Day 1
Today begins the O Antiphons...join me in rejoicing in these ancient titles of Our God!
A Letter of Support and Hopefulness to Pope Francis — The Simple Catholic
Dear Pope Francis, God bless you and your priesthood, dear Holy Father. For it is in this mysterious gift the papacy rests in your hands, stirs in your heart, and witnesses with your life. Providence has brought you to us. I am always grateful for Providence. I am a spiritual daughter of St. Mother Theodore… via … Continue reading A Letter of Support and Hopefulness to Pope Francis — The Simple Catholic
Mr Tom’s Gift of Transportation
Sitting at the booth next to me at the annual Christmas Bazaar, we engaged in warm and friendly chatter. He and she had grandchildren that were in my kids' grades and the kids were all friends. I would see them when I worked in the parish office at the front desk, as they were active … Continue reading Mr Tom’s Gift of Transportation
What I am, My Church Will Be: An Examination of Conscience for the Laity
What I am, My Church Will Be: An Examination of Conscience for the Laity https://thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/11/21/universal-call-to-holiness/ — Read on thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/11/21/universal-call-to-holiness/
One Word of Hope
Sometimes it only takes a word of hope to help someone else. And sometimes, an image of hope and love can speak a thousand...
Three Virtues I have Learned From Ohio State Fans
Here in Music City, we get over 14 million visitors a year, many of which hope to grab that coveted ticket to the Bluebird, drink a beer at Tootsie's, or walk the hallowed halls of The Ryman. Ironically, questions about visiting these places often rank second to the all-time number one question we get from … Continue reading Three Virtues I have Learned From Ohio State Fans
These Words From Mother Teresa Will Give You Hope
By Kristine Bruce, founder of "Praying for Our Prodigals" When thinking about my kids who are away from the church, my “prodigals”, I so want to wake them up to the urgency of getting back into the fold of faith. I know many parents feel this pressing desire. I often feel so burdened not only … Continue reading These Words From Mother Teresa Will Give You Hope
Three Worthy Reactions from the Man in the Tree
Zacchaeus, which means "clean, pure" in Hebrew, may not have seemed to be aptly named to those who knew him. He was a small man with big greed; like most tax collectors during the time of Christ, he was most likely despised for extorting money from people thereby making himself a wealthy man. Choosing physical … Continue reading Three Worthy Reactions from the Man in the Tree
I realized later that I was saying good-bye to a part of myself that had been "free" to spend my time as I pleased, but moreover, I was grieving the time I had wasted by spending it on things that didn't matter at all.Dear Christine, Congratulations on having your first baby! It is such an … Continue reading Dear Christine…
My Weakness Is His Strength
There is a place in our being, in the spiritual realm of our humanity, where our conscience collides with our expectations. It is a place where the light coming into our hearts, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, shows us the highest standard of what God has in mind for our lives. It isn't a clear … Continue reading My Weakness Is His Strength
An chapel outpouring for the ones who think they can't, they aren't or they won't.
The chasm that separates Heaven and the Netherworld as described in today's gospel is not the same as the one that is lessened on this battlefield of good and evil The civil war within ourselves must be waged every day. Put on your armor.
Everything That Breathes
Prodigal: characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure; lavish Eyelids drooping Wednesday night, I read the next day's gospel in the book "The Better Part" by Father John Bartunek LC, our group's chosen read this year. The word for the next day's gospel that jumped out at me was LAVISH. Describing how God wants to pour … Continue reading The Lavishing
The Obedient Override
When we were little kids, my dad used to sing us a bedtime song. He would pull out his guitar and sing "Puff the Magic Dragon" and we thought he was a rock star. As I became a teenager, he would remind me it was time to get to bed and I would instead find … Continue reading The Obedient Override
A Moral Litmus Test
Why would someone take the hard way around in life? Why would anyone scrape through brambles and climb hills where there is little path and a narrow gate, when there is a wide, paved open road before them? One would assume that the right thing to do is take the easy road. Often a rule … Continue reading A Moral Litmus Test
Peace and Division
Back to school week for most of us means back to business, including meeting to Encounter Christ in the upcoming Sunday gospel together as a group. Usually one of our well-attended gatherings, we were happy there were a few more than normal in attendance for digesting the challenging nature of this gospel passage. Christ explains … Continue reading Peace and Division
Sometimes, I have to treat myself like my own child.
Three Stages to the Christian Life
...the spiritual journey for the Catholic-Christian is composed of three steps being the interior, religious, and spiritual.
2019 Draft Picks From a Late August Dream Team
2019 Draft Picks From a Late August Dream Team https://thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/08/08/2019-draft-picks-from-a-late-august-dream-team/ — Read on thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/08/08/2019-draft-picks-from-a-late-august-dream-team/ Thanks @thesimplecatholic.blog for the fun collaboration!
Scientific Dog #1 And Why Being a Chorus Member Counts Too
Everyone matters in this world. Even the Scientific dogs.
Blessed by Balloons?
One of the first things I did when I got my own place as a young adult was throw a big theme-party. I love party-planning and making people feel special with little details and creative decor, so I rented the club house, picked up some dry-ice and colored light bulbs, and sent out invites for … Continue reading Blessed by Balloons?
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The Baby In Blue
Born on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, this youngest child of ten came with a special promise.
It is Jesus that you seek…
When my children were little, we would have what was called a "Book Picnic". Sometimes we would read together in an elaborate "fort" made from kitchen chairs, couch cushions and blankets. Sometimes we would pile all the blankets and pillows on the floor and lay on our tummies together reading our favorite books. My personal … Continue reading Bedtime Stories
Real Body, Real Blood.
Scientific Evidence of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Don’t Speak Your Fear
This week's "soul lesson" is brought to you by many revelations through person experiences and conversations over the past week. I encapsulate what I believe I am supposed to have learned.
The Measure of Love
"The measure of love is to love without measure..." The latest "soul lesson" for me can be encapsulated best by these cute measuring spoons received as the parting gift at a friend's bridal shower, aptly called "The Measure of Love". I have heard both St Augustine of Hippo and St Francis of Assisi credited with … Continue reading The Measure of Love
Graduating: Cat-Screeching 101
These past few weeks have been busy with a college and a high school graduation in our family. It's been filled with family visits, and missing those who couldn't traverse the ups and downs of the hills of life (and route 65) to be with us during this momentous month. Along with my kids earning … Continue reading Graduating: Cat-Screeching 101
Get Out Of The Way
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. --Romans 8:28 While juggling graduations, women's retreats, surprise visitors and more, I worried. I worried about everyone. I didn't want anyone to feel overwhelmed, overextended or anxious. So, I stepped in. In order to soften any inconveniences for … Continue reading Get Out Of The Way
The Face of the Other
"The decision for good or evil begins with our eyes, when we choose whether or not to look at the face of the other...The other is the custodian of my own dignity...But we can only succeed in looking at others in a manner that respects their personal dignity if we experience how God looks at … Continue reading The Face of the Other
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
"Doubting Thomas." Aren't we all at some point a "Doubting Thomas?" I am sure that the beautiful things St Thomas did while accompanying Jesus in his ministry as an apostle would much outshine the one part of scripture that seems to have pigeon-holed him into being just a doubter, but I believe this Sunday's gospel … Continue reading Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Dad’s Easter Blessing
Easter this year was the most perfect, glorious day. Our plan was church followed by a lovely meal and precious moments before our almost-college grad and his sweetheart were headed back to school. A stubborn eye infection, nasty medicine, and a migraine kept the joy at bay for me. Nauseated, I … Continue reading Dad’s Easter Blessing
"The cross represents all of the love of God, which is greater than our iniquities and our betrayals. In the cross we see the monstrosity of a man, when he allows evil to guide him; but we also see the immensity of the mercy of God, who does not treat us according to our sins … Continue reading Good Friday
Kids and Confession Verses Cancer
Changing things up this week, I am introducing you to a blogger who has a huge beautiful family and a wonderful sense of humor. The very name of his blog expresses who he is "Fortitudine", meaning fortitude. And, oh yea...he has brain cancer. But that is a post script, because as all people with this … Continue reading Kids and Confession Verses Cancer
“Bad Moms” and Fire-Fighting Storks
As we reflected on this Sunday's gospel about the woman caught in the act of adultery, the current headlines involving rich and famous parents trying to buy their kids' way into reputable colleges lingered in my mind. Like the media frenzy in this "bad moms" of college students scenario, I could similarly envision the ruckus … Continue reading “Bad Moms” and Fire-Fighting Storks
A Day in the Warmth of the Son
The first of spring's warm and sunny days are everyone's joy. They remind us that the sun did not abandon us, but was quietly accompanying us through the long winter days, shrouded by a haze that required our trust in knowing it would come back out again. When our trust is rewarded by those first … Continue reading A Day in the Warmth of the Son
A Happy Death
This past week we celebrated the Feast Day of St Joseph. St Joseph, is considered to be a great intercessor for Christians, especially in the area of a "happy death". I wanted to deepen my relationship with St Joseph this year, so I attempted to do the 9-day Novena and ask for his help on … Continue reading A Happy Death
Fighting For the Wrong Side
Life in "Music City" is amazing. There is so much music, art and joy here in Nashville. One of my favorite things about "Music City" that you won't hear about on the radio (except for maybe K-LOVE because it's here too) is that there are so many huge beautiful churches everywhere. Especially as you head … Continue reading Fighting For the Wrong Side
The Man On The Plane
A few weeks ago during mass, Deacon told us the story of growing up with influences who lead him to look down upon and be repulsed by homeless people. He used to feel that they were a "tax" on society and should be working, not relying on people for money. One day while walking down … Continue reading The Man On The Plane
Beam me down, Scotty
In the old Star Trek series, "Scotty" was the engineer in charge of the ship. He was the man you went to when you wanted to be zapped down onto the planet where your energy source was hidden (that was usually spewing molten lava or had aliens with bad make-up) or the neighboring ship with … Continue reading Beam me down, Scotty
Listening to a radio talk show this morning, one of our friends heard a caller relate the story of her son who is in college. When he had chosen to study the Swahili language, she questioned him. Why? He had no specific answer at the time, but four years later, God would chose to use … Continue reading The Ridiculous
Vanity of Vanities
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! (Ecc 1) I used to think these words were Shakespeare's, and even then, their truth rattled my ears. Now knowing that these words are from the book of Ecclesiastes, they are even more sobering. Indicating perhaps meaningless time and effort we waste in our lives on that … Continue reading Vanity of Vanities
Put Out Into The Deep Water
This weekend's gospel teaches us about the abundant blessings that await us in the "deep water", a timely indication of the need for deep prayer, especially just having finished our silent retreat which was themed around hope. Traditionally, we use the first Encounter With Christ meeting after our retreat to talk about the beautiful things … Continue reading Put Out Into The Deep Water
A Perfectly Placed Stranger
The Case of the Perfectly Placed Stranger Staying in a hotel during a large event, a woman felt as though the Holy Spirit was prompting her to go down to the lobby. She didn't know why, but being the obedient and humble person that she is, she decided to abide this marked feeling. She went … Continue reading A Perfectly Placed Stranger
Prayer Vs Meditation
As we prepare to enter into silence for the weekend on our annual Spiritual Exercises--a powerful spiritual experience for everyone who attends--we begin to peel away at the thick layers of our daily lives that have been dipped in the glue of social media and applied in layers around our hearts like a paper mache. … Continue reading Prayer Vs Meditation
Do Whatever He Tells You
"Do whatever he tells you" stamped on a silver cuff bracelet was a meaningful gift from one my beautiful sisters last year for my birthday. The inexhaustible meaning of this line from The Wedding at Cana, continually leads me like a star toward my quest for guidance on how to live my faith. Although, due to … Continue reading Do Whatever He Tells You
All That I Have Is Yours
HEB 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but … Continue reading All That I Have Is Yours
The Jesus Man
What are you going to do now? That is the question we should be asking ourselves every day in regard to how our love for God compels us to act. The "Jesus Man" was a person who understood this well.
The Star Precedes
Traveling home for the holidays has always been a debate in our family. On the one hand, we can't imagine not being with loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family members during the holidays. On the other hand, everyone ends up feeling disappointed because it wasn't enough time together, or it was hurried, etc. Every year … Continue reading The Star Precedes
Encountering Resolutions: The Best of 2018
Celebrating the New Year has always meant a stream of old movies or opening a new book, and of course, getting organized. I guess the best thing about New Year's is the sense of personal renewal we all feel, making resolutions to better people; physically, financially, and personally. I also feel the blessing of renewal … Continue reading Encountering Resolutions: The Best of 2018
Make Haste Not Bustle
Looking up "haste" on thesarus.com , ("extreme speed, hurry") I noticed an almost perfectly divided list of 43 synonyms that have nearly as many negative connotations as positive. I was thinking about "haste" as I reflected on this upcoming gospel reading for the fourth Sunday in Advent, and I have to ask myself the question, … Continue reading Make Haste Not Bustle
Watching Verses Waiting
Rounding the second Sunday of Advent, and on the beautiful feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we held our annual Advent By Candlelight. These evenings of reflection for women during seasons of Advent (and Lent) provide women with a peace-filled fellowship in an elegant, candle-lit atmosphere. Fr Peter Hopkins, LC, joined us this year, … Continue reading Watching Verses Waiting
Why Wait? Advent and Austen
When I think of Advent, the word "waiting" comes to mind. As we light the first two purple candles this past Sunday and this coming Sunday, we anticipate Christ's return to his people in a time of preparation and hope. The readings of the church these past few weeks seem foreboding, speaking of the last … Continue reading Why Wait? Advent and Austen
Spiritual Muscle Memory
As a dancer, my daughter spends hours each day developing what is called "muscle memory". Her muscles are being trained to engage together for a specific reactive form that becomes a skill which plays out on a stage as art. Requiring thousands of hours of strengthening particular muscles so they create the perfect ballet form … Continue reading Spiritual Muscle Memory
A devastating wildfire and a fig tree don't seem to have much in common from the outset, but in this week's Encounter With Christ, the Holy Spirit connected the scourge of wildfire with the hope of human tenderness, likened to the branches of the fig tree. The watchful warning of a consuming wildfire speaks to … Continue reading Tender Embers
Knocking at her door, was a neighbor from a few doors down. She hadn't spoken with him in a while, but he came by to invite her family to a benefit dinner for "Legacy Mission Village". Down the street lived a couple who had fled Rwanda years earlier and settled nearby to make a new … Continue reading Beautifully Broken
Master, Guest or Servant?
Luke 14:15-24 ’Come, everything is now ready.’ But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. In today's gospel, a man prepared a great banquet and sent his servants out to gather the attendees. With a multitude of practical excuses, they declined. Enraged by the lackluster response, the master of the house again sends … Continue reading Master, Guest or Servant?
The Thinning Veil
Christ is truly present when two or more are gathered in his name, and we certainly qualified this week as a long awaited reunion took place for several of us. All things come together to glorify God. The difficult but amazing coincidence of several of our members in the past few weeks were no different. … Continue reading The Thinning Veil
What Do You Want?
Christmas is no where in sight but can be seen everywhere. Next to the pumpkins and ghosts in the stores, are Christmas trees, snowmen, and candy cane decor. Some people shop for others all year to get the "perfect" gift. It's been interesting to see how, as our kids have grown, giving a really good gift … Continue reading What Do You Want?
These Belong To You
I once read a beautiful story about a woman who was very attractive. She received many compliments during her days. Graciously, she took each compliment and imagined it was a lovely rose. She envisioned putting each complimenting "flower" to her nose, luxuriating in its sweet scent. Next, she added the "flower" to a "bouquet" of … Continue reading These Belong To You
My First Understanding of Vacancy; A Happy Memory Four girls ages 8-19 stuffed into a car, bags packed with swimsuits and excitement, round the West Virginia turnpike while counting mile markers on the road until the next mountain tunnel on the trip tic; three tunnels means progress. The static on the radio occasionally breaks to … Continue reading Vacancy
The Dry Erase Board
Preparing for a presentation this week, I uncovered an old dry erase board in the garage. I thought if I could get it clean, I could use it for a screen for our power point presentation, as there was no blank area of wall or place in the meeting room on which to project. It was … Continue reading The Dry Erase Board
Gratitude – The Way Back From The Desert of Discontentment
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The Fifteenth Time
It's been a week of great loss and trials for many people I know. My heart was heavy as I drove to church this morning. Having trouble distinguishing between my tears and the pelting rain on the windshield, I knew deep inside that I must shake off this dreariness immediately. In my car, I began … Continue reading The Fifteenth Time
“I sing you to me, Mrs. Boss”
I have a problem. I speak a rare language that not many people speak, and as such, I often go misunderstood. It can be lonely, but I can't help it. When I get excited, happy or angry, I just blurt out words..movie lines. After yesterday's Encounter With Christ, where Jesus uses a little child as … Continue reading “I sing you to me, Mrs. Boss”
Florence, Falls and Feeding the Hungry
September is the month of recounting some big disasters. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and hurricanes past have been on my heart lately, and seem to evoke the same sense of looming that we have been experiencing in news reports of the Catholic Church. I have ready many related articles and posts … Continue reading Florence, Falls and Feeding the Hungry
Riding through the desert nearing Palm Springs, we noticed the field of often photographed wind turbines. I was transfixed by their soothing flow; all coming from wind and solar energy, but spinning at different speeds and even different directions. These turbines stand together in a crowd but starkly individual, drawing their power from the same source. … Continue reading Be Opened
To Whom Shall We Go?
"Do you think I stole something?" I asked her. The older lady who owned the book shop across from my middle school didn't like teenagers, her husband would later explain to my mother, as he apologized for his wife's semi-paranoid behavior. "Well open it up and let's see!" She said pointing to my tiny purse. … Continue reading To Whom Shall We Go?
Mercy In The City
Preparing the calendar of events for our women's section this year, I shared with our Director of Religious Education, Erin, that I felt the Holy Spirit calling us to focus more on Mission during Lent. I met up with an amazing group of young missionaries this summer, acting the part of the hostess of our … Continue reading Mercy In The City
The Bread of Life
Commonly called the "Bread of Life" discourse, the upcoming Sunday's gospel passage is part of what is at the heart of the Catholic church; the Catholic Teaching on the Eucharist; the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Difficult for even Jesus' followers to believe (many turn away in the next few passages … Continue reading The Bread of Life
Dreams of a Warrior
via Dreams of a Warrior My Sister's blog...a faith so simple, by someone so beautiful.
Getting ready to head back to school, LB wanted to get a few items to replenish his apartment before senior year begins. "Let's go to the warehouse club...I have coupons!" With that we were off, deliberating through the long isles of bulk grocery and home items, only to find at check out that our coupons … Continue reading Membership
Caution: Fog Ahead: Reduce Speed and Put on Lights
Six states. Four schools. Three days. Two worn out people. One thousand miles. I have been blessed to have a mother/son adventure with both of my boys to investigate colleges. This summer, it was JD's turn and he was honing in on schools that were "driving-distance". We have always taken long road trips in our … Continue reading Caution: Fog Ahead: Reduce Speed and Put on Lights
Bloggers Support Bloggers Award
I want to thank Valerie Cullers for nominating me for this award! I love to read Valerie's conversational posts about situations in her life that have lead to inspirational revelations or "life lessons". They are entertaining and meaningful and pair up perfectly with a cup of coffee, like chatting with a friend. Please check out Valerie's … Continue reading Bloggers Support Bloggers Award
We All Fruit
"Give me a word, any word, and I will show you the root of that word is Greek" How about, Macedonian? The movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) is a family favorite in our home for good reason. I am pretty sure someone had a spy-robot-fly-on-the-wall that filmed our engagement and wedding and then … Continue reading We All Fruit