Jesus is in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane - It’s not just about fearing the torture He knows He will undergo very soon. It is not just this dread of the pain and the degradation. It’s not even just about the false accusations that will lead to His arrest and all the terrible things … Continue reading The Sorrowful Mysteries – a Meditation
Tens of thousands of Americans are marching through the streets of Washington, D.C. today. I have been among them in the past and will be again one day soon. But this year I can only join them in prayer. This is definitely one of those "with you in Spirit" moments. I have belonged to an … Continue reading Choose Life!
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job … Continue reading Humble service
On babies, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare
I read a great quote this morning. I have no idea who said it, sadly. As an English Literature major I am a fanatic about citing sources and giving credit to authors. But what can you do? So, the statement is, ""When God wants something special done in the world... He sends a baby and … Continue reading On babies, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare
“Come and See”
Early in John's Gospel there is an interesting little story about Philip introducing Nathanael to the rabbi Jesus. I have always liked this story in part because we named our son Philip. It's a strong name that means 'lover of horses.' His dad was a Cavalry officer so the meaning was also apropos, we thought. … Continue reading “Come and See”
The Seasons of a Mother’s Heart
On this Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, a poem... It begins in the bitter cold Even if that’s not the time to have a baby Small matter The world is barren But she ignores that fact A child is born And all is mystery In the dead of winter Spring flows out … Continue reading The Seasons of a Mother’s Heart
A truly Happy New Year?
I don’t know about you, but once again it feels like the year went by too fast. There’s an old, funny saying: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper; it goes quicker when you’re near the end.” As someone who is on the shady side of her 50s, I am here to tell you … Continue reading A truly Happy New Year?