My latest entry is up today at the Women In The New Evangelization (WINE) blog! It's been a while since I've contributed. Their Wednesday entries are short and sweet! No more than 300 words! It's hard for me because, if you follow my blog, I can 'go on' for a wee bit! But this limit … Continue reading Trust in God: Thy Will Be Done
I heard this song a while back and was so enthralled by the message and the music. My favorite combination. It's the timeless story of humanity's struggle against the Divine. But our Judeo-Christian God is One and will have no gods besides Him. And we owe God everything because He gives us life and this … Continue reading The Jealous Kind
For some reason this posted as being published on December 21, 2021. It wasn’t. I posted it a couple of days ago, March 24, 2022, I’m pretty sure. This has never happened before. But I noticed it wasn’t showing up in my chronological display of blog posts. So I looked for it and found it back in December?! Weirdness. But here it is again. Still relevant, still what I think. Hope more people will read it now. Thanks.
In the early 1970’s there was a hit song entitled, “I Am Woman.” Lyrics include, “I am woman, hear me roar/In numbers too big to ignore.” And another bold pronouncement, “No one’s ever going to keep me down again.”
Would that these statements were still true. We seem to live in an age when women are under attack again. There are forces in the culture that are trying to eradicate not only the word ‘woman’ but its meaning. If they succeed, we women will lose our identity and our place in the world that we’ve struggled so long and hard to have.
If you don’t believe that it was an arduous struggle at the start, you should read this. It’s one of many terrible, dishonorable moments in our country’s history. But if had not been for some incredibly brave women, we would not have the rights we do…
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This is from 2 years ago, but it’s from the same Solemnity, The Annunciation where Mary says “Yes” to God, the Creator of the Universe, to save us all in the Incarnation.
So, while I had no plan to do this (I rarely know what I’m going to write about until the inspiration ‘hits me’) today I am writing again about St. Maximilian Kolbe. And, again, this was not planned.
The Mission of the Franciscans
I am a ‘fan’ of St. Max. His intercessory prayers, I’m convinced, are why my book got published and that began my fascination with the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe. I have been reading through a small book about his life that is also a meditation/prayer book for Lent. I guess I ordered it. I remember so little these days. It’s from Franciscan Media which placed a statement on the back of the book that helpfully says, “Our mission is to share the love of God in the spirit of St. Francis.” As one who is studying at the Franciscan School of Theology, ordering items from Franciscan…
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https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/perspectives-on-lent/articles/looking-at-lent-through-the-lens-of-grace/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Living+Lent+Daily%3A+March+21%2C+2022&utm_campaign=living-lent-daily22-week-3-7074-yoc-mar21&vgo_ee=bb83POd3yq3Dybqtr0jyP2QOP8ZXmRzMvz3Yw%2BcA7gI%3D I'm sharing the link above because the excerpt talks about an openness to God's grace. Those two word - God's grace - are my watchwords for 2022 and, I hope, the rest of my life. I have written about grace many times, but right now it is becoming clearer to me that I need … Continue reading Drop the cup
Some days you just know that God is speaking directly to you, I've found. I hope you have had that experience. He's speaking; are you listening? I was today. I confess, I don't always. And I'm sorry for that. Today, 3 different times I read Bishop Robert Barron of Word On Fire fame, state, "The … Continue reading Time to try again…
https://youtu.be/yazxxkbSkZE This beautiful song that many may recognize (the tune anyway) as "Danny Boy" has some wonderful new lyrics that I find very moving. And the singer, Krysten Getty, is quite gifted. Give it a listen and remember that, on this St. Patrick's Day as any other, a good old Irish melody and some poignant … Continue reading An old tune with new words
We are frailWe are fearfully and wonderfully madeForged in the fires of human passionChoking on the fumes of selfish rageAnd with these our hells and our heavensSo few inches apartWe must be awfully smallAnd not as strong as we think we are. These words are from the song, "Not As Strong As We Think We … Continue reading Humility is required