When my husband and I were first married we lived in a parish house and took care of around 5 acre of grounds, a cemetery, and a small parish church. In exchange for our labors, we got to live in a large white 2 story 5 bedroom home rent free. It was really a fantastic […]Read More What Does Rest Mean?
I was working at a religious retreat when I understood for the first time what pray without ceasing meant. No matter what was being done, dishes, cleaning, listening, reading and whatever else it was to be done under the umbrella of doing it for God. Weather it is praise and thanksgiving, sacrifice and tears it […]Read More Pray Without Ceasing
A number of years ago, I was once out of town for a work conference. At the last minute, I decided I didn’t want to be right here, right now. Like a junkie in search for a meeting, I decided that maybe if I hurried I could make an evening Mass somewhere. I absolutely love […]Read More In Case You’re Confused
When I was a little girl I used to daydream about what gifts God was going to give me. As if one day, I was plain, simple, flawed me and the next I was this glorious version of me. The gifted change wouldn’t come over time but like a magic trick or better yet a […]Read More Gifted
If I really think about it, I may be the person holding up the sign on the corner of the street that reads, “Peace be with you.” Isn’t that what God wants from us as disciples? I have spent time contemplating if I should actively join peaceful demonstrations. The thing is just the very act […]Read More To Fight or Not to Fight
So recently with starting this blog I became more involved on social media. I quickly realized social media was a game. One that I am not sure I want to play. I started to play the game of followers. I would start to follow someone and they may or may not follow me back. I […]Read More Who Do You Follow?
The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Augustine of Hippo If you have to lie to protect your job are you doing your job? Generally speaking, men lie to protect themselves, while women lie to protect others. The reason for lying is always […]Read More Honest
Not to long ago I read an article that stated the downfall of video games. Not that I had to read the article to understand what I am failing at but I was curious. See about ten years ago, I was the Mom who did not want one video game or one play gun in […]Read More Focus on the Redeeming Factors
There once was a family at the amusement park on a Saturday afternoon. They packed everything for the day except the kitchen sink. The Father, Mother, and two boys were just headed to the food court. The father put in the order for hamburger and fries. He turned around to ask the boys, “What would […]Read More Butterfly Greenhouse
There once was this girl, we will call her Penny. Penelope was her full real name. Yet, everyone called her Penny. She loved the name because every time someone would say it she knew she was worth so much more. Ever notice? People do not necessarily treat Pennies how they should. Some use and abuse […]Read More Worth So Much More
Have you been there? I have been there. For me, it is when I think people are against me. Maybe they are against me. Maybe they are for me. The thing is that statement is about me more than it is about them. If God is for us, who can be against us? Realize too […]Read More For Me Or Against Me?
I got in an argument with God, guess who won? Actually, there is not a loser in the discussion. Just truth. So over the past few weeks, I have been attending Mass and Adoration and private prayer with an argument in my heart. I was told to do something that seems fairly clearly to be […]Read More Where is Your Sting?
I think the best friendship anyone can have is with Jesus. If we have a close relationship with Jesus he calls us his friend. We are no longer slaves but friends. Jesus calls me a friend. I do not think that is by accident. A friend loves at all times. God loves at all times. […]Read More Be a Good Friend
Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year. Statistically, the odds of winning the lottery are about 1 in 175 million. The odds of being struck by lighting in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000. What I hear is, there is a chance that you could be that ONE. Enter through the narrow gate. Sometime back, […]Read More Hurt, Help, or Heal
Everyone seems to struggle with gossip. I do not think there is a social human being that does not struggle with it. There are times when I have fallen into it too. Maybe I think I am just venting frustrations, maybe I think I am seeking council, maybe I just want to help a person […]Read More That’s What She Said
For a number of weeks now, maybe even a good month or so, I have been spending sometime reflecting on the Bible verse but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power […]Read More Boast of Weakness
I think there are basic requirements for things. No shirt, no shoes, no service. Doctors have to have a doctor degree. Flight attendants have to meet size requirements. Military have to be tough enough to pass boot camp. Bus drivers need background cheeks. In light of scandal, Priests should be able to complete basic requirements. […]Read More Anybody
A few years ago, I was traveling to the cities for a Doctor’s appointment. While driving I had taken a freeway curve a bit fast and the car felt a bit sloppy. I internally heard. Slow down. So I did. At that time, I was about 15 minutes from my destination. I than tried to […]Read More Movin’ Right Along
Some time ago I had volunteered for a helping hotline. It was a good use of my time and skills. Well one night, I had spent time with a gentleman on the phone who was filled with shame of his sins. So much so that he no longer seen the reason for living. I did […]Read More Peace Be with You
I like to read in a comfy chair. Pulling out my bible to read, I envision God saying, “My beloved daughter, I do not wish to squash your care, concern, and love. I know you have this shoulder wound from wrestling with evil but get yourself settled in so that any real pain or pressure […]Read More Reading a Story
A number of years ago, I had a job that I was suppose to go to. It was an overnight weekend position. However, on that particular day, I had this overwhelming urge to not go. I wasn’t feeling the best but I could have pushed through it. I never played hooky from work but there […]Read More One Sheep
My son likes science fiction movies. He could carry on a lengthy conversation about Marvel, DCComics, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Percy Jackson…Anyhow, not a subject that interests me much but I do try to make an effort to intellectually connect with him about his interests. Therefore, I find myself watching a fair amount of sci-fi […]Read More Split Second Patience
We all like getting a genuine compliment. It is kindness. It is connecting. It is meant to give to the other some verbal perceived good. Granted we do not get our worth from positive reinforcement that comes from God. Someone who wants others to clearly know a person’s worth may already have that so engrained […]Read More Compliment
I once worked at a camp. At the camp their was a storm outside. It was a significant storm so we all had to go to the basement. The camp was for people that had some physical or mental impairment. So it was a big deal to get everyone safe down stairs. It was about […]Read More Emotional Temperature
At a point in my life, I was faced with being told I had to forgive what I believe many would see as unforgivable. Not because I wanted to forgive but because I understood the wisdom that it was the healthy thing to do. I wish I could say it was a walk in the […]Read More Dear Angry Friend
I was baptized Catholic, attended Catholic grade school and received First Communion. My mother was Lutheran. She was actually the one very committed to doing my Catholic Sunday school homework with me. I grew up clearly understanding that I believed the Eucharist to be Jesus and she believed it to be a symbol of Jesus. […]Read More Visiting other churches
I remember the one time that I went to Mount Rushmore. I had looked forward to it. I had seen so many pictures of it. I was excited about seeing it, experiencing it, learning about it even more. However, when we got there it didn’t live up to the hype that I had built up […]Read More High Expectations
One of my first jobs was at a wood factory. Truth. There were many different departments and I had worked in almost all of them throughout my summers and school breaks with the company. My absolutely favorite job there was in the speciality department. They had this conveyer belt with a very bright light that […]Read More Mercy
I was talking with our family friend a while back. He was a another Christian Denomination Pastor now a practicing Catholic. He, his wife, and their wonderful children converted to Catholicism for many reasons. To simplify the big picture he stated the Catholic Church has precise answers found in the Catholic Catechism, spoke the truth, […]Read More Self Actualized Christian
When you have good news you want to share it. I think a fair amount of blessings that have been bestowed upon me and I should pass them on. Part of me wants to share every single holy story with you, all at once. Sometimes love can happen in an instant but the lasting kind […]Read More Lead with Beauty