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
Being in the world or of the world? It's like a big bowl of spaghetti. So how do we know?
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
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.
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?
What do a musician, St Francis and a Native American have in common? It takes three chords and the truth to tell this story.
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 our minds to make the most of the moment we are living.
Take a moment to stare into the eyes of God.
Want to make someone's day? This is an easy way to do it.
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
Time to render your spiritual soil...
A friend's reminder that we need not fear.
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.
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
"But the Knights remained at their post. For that is what Knights do...continually protect the Kingdom they love."
Stand at the brow of the hill...what will you see?
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...
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
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.
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?
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.
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 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
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
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
A powerful devotion that can be effectively combined with one you may already be praying.
It's Boscoworld's Patron Saint Day! "Do not ever forget these three things: devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, devotion to Mary Help of Christians, and devotion to (always be in support and come to the defense of) the Holy Father!" This year, for Boscoworld's feast day, I want to focus on the last directives that St. … Continue reading Three Important Things St. John Bosco Told Us Before He Died
Upon visiting the Shrine at Knock last fall, I was blessed with the mystical image of the chapel.
The House By The Side of The Road
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
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.
Day 4 of the O Antiphons
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.
Today begins the O Antiphons...join me in rejoicing in these ancient titles of Our God!
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
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 https://thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/11/21/universal-call-to-holiness/ — Read on thesimplecatholic.blog/2019/11/21/universal-call-to-holiness/
Sometimes it only takes a word of hope to help someone else. And sometimes, an image of hope and love can speak a thousand...
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
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…
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.
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
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
Sometimes, I have to treat myself like my own child.
...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 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!
Everyone matters in this world. Even the Scientific dogs.
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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Born on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, this youngest child of ten came with a special promise.
Scientific Evidence of the Body and Blood of Christ.
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 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
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
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 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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
One of my favorite bloggers. A great post! via Gratitude - The Way Back From The Desert of Discontentment
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
via Dreams of a Warrior My Sister's blog...a faith so simple, by someone so beautiful.
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
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
"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
The Girls Are Back in Town Woot! We were able to meet today! I am so happy. How I have missed my sisters-in-Christ. Summer is nearly over and has wreaked its havoc on our team schedule, but many good things have happened among us this summer and the Holy Spirit didn’t have to have us … Continue reading Five Loaves, Two Fish, and Twenty Bucks
Quiet, somber, and thoughtful. That's how we all walked out of the movie "The Passion of The Christ". It was one of those movies that people still talk about, because it moves your spirit, changes your heart, and sticks in your mind. People are still talking about the way that movie changed their lives. There are … Continue reading Mediocre Matinee
"I killed my brother" He was a large man who walked slowly behind me as we made our way down the hall to my office. Since I was in charge of creating "intake" profiles for potential clients, I invited him to sit down and began the interview process. As we discussed his harried past, he … Continue reading Pigeon-holed
Cradle Catholic I am a cradle Catholic, which means I was brought up in the church; but for many Catholics this is a catch phrase for "I don't' know what I am doing here" or "My mom made me come". Until I became a young adult, I fit into this category (going to church but … Continue reading God Said No
Elegant and Contemplative When we lived near Toledo, my dear friend Susan masterfully put together "Candlelight" events for Lent and Advent, in which women would come together for a night of prayerful meditation and a formation talk/presentation. Designed around fellowship and homemade desserts, these beautiful candlelit evenings grew to be popular for Catholic women in … Continue reading Candlelight Events
On a recent trip for a family vacation, we met up with some special friends and spent some quality time together near the beach. One of the things people do when they go to a beach resort is order an expensive frothy drink with a cute little umbrella and some fruit on the rim of … Continue reading Choices
My mother-in-law was a beautiful, faith-filled woman who loved and served her family well. When my husband and I were getting ready to be married, I proclaimed a caveat: "I can't be just like her. She is one of a kind. I am not that good!" But when her health began to fail, I wondered … Continue reading FROG
We switched up some roles in this week's Encounter With Christ, and I handed over my beloved pen in an exercise of attempting to be fully present to the Holy Spirit and get some "Cross" training (+) for our sisters in Christ, always working on our leadership skills. Thanks to our recent growth spurt in … Continue reading Planting Seeds
One of my favorite family vacations with our kids was a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona that included driving to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona. It was an amazing trip filled with scenery that changed by the minute and seemed to be from another planet. One particular species of the yucca plant drew our … Continue reading By The Shade of the Joshua Tree
I am reading Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God's Dream For You by Matthew Kelly, and I am storing up nuggets of wisdom like a squirrel storing nuts for winter. Summertime means less solitude and time for prayer in my life, so too less time to write. But with each change of season in our lives, literally and … Continue reading I Think I Will Just Be Happy Today
My kids forewarned me that a new season of "13 Reasons Why" just came out on Netflix, knowing how I felt when this series originally came out. The schools and youth groups were sending texts and emails warning us that this suicidal story aimed at youth audiences was a talking point, if not a warning … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Joe Verses The Volcano Instead
I woke up with a song in my head this morning. That isn't unusual for me, especially because the song was from Pitch Perfect 3, one of many of the songs from the Pitch Perfect movies. I am not crazy about some of the humor in these movies, but having been in the show choir … Continue reading Cheap Thrills
One time I was asked as a parent to take my turn as a line judge for my daughter's very heated volleyball game. Their team had played so well and not scored, and of course the shot of the day came on my shift, and I happened to miss it because I was watching the … Continue reading Bump, Set, Spike
I love the Acts of the Apostles. Reading this part of the Bible really gives you a feel for the struggles of the newborn church as she establishes the teachings and traditions given straight from Christ, establishes leadership and a needed hierarchy, and sets the example of what it looks like to be a Christian; … Continue reading Entrust, Intercede and Commend
Walking down the streets of New York City for hours on end, I noticed so many faces; all strange and new, different and complex. Sitting on the subway was my favorite for people-viewing. Most everyone seemed to be numbing themselves with buds in their ears and a phone screen in front of their face. Some … Continue reading One In Twenty Million
I drafted this article in the wake of the horrific Stoneman Douglas shooting in Florida, and for some reason I kept it in draft because so many souls are hurting and looking for answers, and God wants us to know He will never forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Since first drafting my thoughts, I received three … Continue reading The Presence of Evil Doesn’t Mean the Absence of God
My beautiful sister.
This one hit hard. And so close to home. Because it is the community where my husband grew up, where our extended family still lives. Because our son is an officer in an adjacent community. And our nephew (soon to become an officer) trained in the junior academy with the same department … the same band of brothers who lost those two seasoned officers last Saturday. They were just doing what they do every day, responded to a 911 call. Serving the public.
Then they were ambushed. And so were our hearts.
Hate-filled crime is senseless. Paralyzing.
I can’t even look at the photo of the killer. I’m battling so much anger.
Every day since Saturday, our hearts break a little more.
I can’t sleep, thinking of those wives left behind. And their babies. Who will take them to daddy/daughter dances? Who will walk them down the aisle on their wedding…
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"Have you heard from JD?" My husband texted from an empty parking lot yesterday. Our son, "JD" had been on a faith retreat and naturally had not been on his phone much. We just needed to know when and where to pick him up that afternoon, but had only received one cryptic text "maybe pick … Continue reading A Man of Few Words
Today is the feast day of Saint John Bosco! I named this blog "Boscoworld" because at the time I started this blog, my oldest son, who was preparing for confirmation in the Catholic Church, and under great guidance by the Holy Spirit, chose this saint for his confirmation saint. Ironically, "LB" (Little Bosco, his blog … Continue reading HAPPY FEAST DAY BLOG!
Today's gospel Mark, 5:21-43, includes the amazing story of Jairus, a synagogue official, whose daughter is ill and near death, and as Jesus heads over to see his little girl, another woman (who has been sick her whole life) touches Jesus and is healed. By the time Jesus gets to the little girl, it seems … Continue reading Little Girl, Get Up
The wind was beginning to stir when we arrived for our silent retreat. As we collected in the beautiful chapel at the retreat center to pray, I looked outside the windows at the incredible view of the woods in the hilly countryside of western middle Tennessee. The same woods where Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash … Continue reading Trees Do Bend
I came across this quote today: "I consider it no less a virtue to know how to keep silence at the proper time than to speak well. It seems to me that man ought to have a neck as long as a crane's, so that each of his words may pass through many knots before … Continue reading Silence is GOLDEN
When we lived in Ohio, my sisters and parents were always offering to help with my kids and I was so grateful for not just the support, but the love my kids have always had around them. One of my favorite things each year is when my sister, Mimi, would take the kids out before … Continue reading The First Hail Mary
This Advent, our "Advent By Candlelight" evening of reflection for women included a formation talk entitled "Let Yourself Be Loved". We included advent calendar bookmarks with scriptures for each day of December leading to Christmas about God's love for us. Letting ourselves be loved sounds pretty easy. But sometimes humans find many hurdles to real … Continue reading Advent-ageous Prayer
Wow; for some reason today's reading from Daniel really took my breath away. Maybe it is because I had never read it before or it didn't seem familiar to me, even though I know the story of Daniel. We always associate Daniel with the lion's den, and coming out alive and unharmed by the protection … Continue reading The Hand Writing on the Wall
As a follow up from yesterday's post; here is a prayer for spiritual communion. My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually … Continue reading Spiritual Communion
Having a "business meeting" (the "busy-ness" of God is always good!) we did not have our Encounter With Christ, but my daily meditation on the church's readings were fruitful and offered a new glimpse into where I needed to move next in my quest for spiritual growth. The first reading from Ezekiel 47; Every month … Continue reading The Temple
Heavy paper taped down through the main pathways of our home, due to repairs to the bathroom floor, has made these last few days, er, interesting. It's the same paper we used in high school cheer-leading to make big banners we would decorate to say, "Go Rocks! Beat the Bears!" or "GO BIG GREEN! FIGHT … Continue reading Bothered and Annoyed
For today's stepping stone on the path of our weekly intention, the Holy Spirit lead me back to our monthly retreat guide from early in October. Usually, I use the daily scripture readings for the universal church for meditation (these can be found at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/) but today I prayed the copy of the prayer that Miss … Continue reading Accompaniment
Well, about 24 hours down and I already miserably crashed on our weekly Encounter with Christ resolution to serve my family with a joyful heart. Had to get up in the realm of 5 am, (an "other wordly" realm; I have told you I am not a morning person but that is really an understatement). … Continue reading Daily Dose of Love
I have always said that marriage is a lot like balancing an egg on the tip of your finger. You can't (and should not) take your eyes off of it. It's fragile and requires a constant effort. I have been married for 23 years, and I cannot claim to be perfect or anything more than human, … Continue reading Be Vigilant
How do you explain sin to a child? This was our dilemma last year during our sixth grade religious education class, but since it was October, my favorite month, and I had lots of pumpkins about the house (happy happy happy) which inspired me, and I thought of a way. I brought in a smaller … Continue reading Poke A Pumpkin
I am currently reading "Mother Teresa of Calcutta; A Personal Portrait" by Leo Maasburg. It's an easy read and I feel like I am sitting in a room with my uncle who is telling us stories about the good old days. It's a wonderful glimpse into the life of the now-saint, and how she loved … Continue reading You Did It To Me
Living in the south, you see signs this time of year that say "It's Fall Y'all". I love it. I love fall with its fat, orange pumpkins everywhere...they just yell "HAPPY" to me. Football, chili in the crockpot, warm orange sunsets that seem to match the hues of the maple leaves, along with the reds … Continue reading It’s Fall Y’all
I was in the zone. Having lunch with a friend who inspires me, and we share the same kind of vision for ministry. I really felt like I was in the zone. It was one of those moments, as it is when God is at the center of something, when I really feel like I … Continue reading Putting God first, in the Zone
A gunman massacres at least fifty people, injuring hundreds, at a country music festival in Las Vegas; officials and investigators looking for answers to a question that no one may ever be able to answer. In the wake of such tragedy, human nature wants the "why". Why would someone do something so awful? Why did … Continue reading My Home is Within You
We definately have work to do in this world. Today at our Encounter with Christ, we got the distinct message that not only should we listen to God when He has an assignment for us, say "yes" and mean it, and complete the work we set out to do, but we need to begin with … Continue reading Everyone Is Trying
I changed my tagline today on my blog, you may have noticed. I am still "Catholic and a Mom", as my previous one stated, but yesterday, I had a question pop into my head; kind of a summons to collect my overall message in life. "What would you tell someone who struggles to believe in … Continue reading It Really Is Going To Be OK
Luke 8:16-18 16 “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.17 For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to … Continue reading “When things become known…”
I love how the Holy Spirit seems to work in themes within our group (and notably in my own world). Maybe this is the case in your life? Anyway around it, we must have more work to do on increasing our fortitude, as not only was it in the gospel for this upcoming Sunday's liturgy, … Continue reading Fortitude Rides Again
Martha or Mary? That is the question...at least that was the question that began our monthly retreat for September. A group of us gathered to watch "The One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary" presented by Fr. John Bartunek LC, which we obtained from RCSpirituality.org. The focus of the retreat meditating on … Continue reading Martha or Mary?
Hurricane Harvey arrived for dinner. Although "his" entrance into middle Tennessee was gradual, and not as uncivil as his arrival into Texas, he wasn't yet bold enough to prevent us from having our Encounter with Christ this week, since we met earlier in the day. The people of Texas and everyone affected by the flooding … Continue reading Serve It Up
This week here in middle Tennessee, we are preparing for what is being called a "once-in-400-year-opportunity" to witness a solar eclipse, which will take place for many of us in the mid-section of our nation during the day on Monday. It is amazing to think we will get to witness something so rare, and for … Continue reading “O Woman! Great is your faith!”
Yesterday was a small but mighty burst of Christ for our group. I was told to report that we spent much time "lovin' on each other". What is more Christ-like than that? We had a birthday to celebrate, and LOTS of babies coming into the world through our empowered home-schooling moms with clans of four … Continue reading Peace Seeking
I was privileged the other day to have a chat with Lovely Ms. Lala about many things, and always faith-based, but the lingering fruit of which was the topic of sins against words. Right speech is always a powerful topic with me because I struggle so much with being a blabbermouth. Almost 20 years ago, … Continue reading Zip It
After a long summer break, I smiled as I got into the car this morning to head to church for our Encounter With Christ. Finally! Enough of us were in town to meet! Of course my tank was on empty, but I smiled as I pulled over to refuel my car, knowing that my soul … Continue reading Rise and Do Not Be Afraid
Discouragement is a universal topic. It relates to every human being; every culture, race and gender. In our recent monthly retreat we watched Fr John Bartunek's Retreat for Easter, "A Cure for Discouragement". Easter, usually being a season of joy and hope, seemed like a strange time to present the topic of discouragement, but in … Continue reading A Cure For Discouragement
This upcoming Sunday's gospel, John 14:1-2, Jesus is again reminding his audience (the disciples) that he and The Father are ONE. John's gospel so convincingly explains to us how Jesus and God, the Father, are one in the same, connected and inseparable. Some of the disciples characteristically struggle with the understanding of Jesus' relationship with God … Continue reading Only Grace