Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says San Francisco Mass restrictions are ‘mocking God’ — Read on http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/archbishop-salvatore-cordileone-says-san-francisco-mass-restrictions-are-mocking-god-72251 I am usually not one to make political statements. I prefer to stay in my 'faith lane,' encouraging people and evangelizing where I can. So I feel it's fair for me to post about it. This article highlights the oppression … Continue reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says San Francisco Mass restrictions are ‘mocking God’
Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of Jesus. There is no better symbol of love, sacrifice, selflessness, mercy, forgiveness, grace. It's perfect. And, as Bishop Barron likes to say, Christ on the cross is a picture of a "happy" man. For happiness in the way Jesus meant it in the … Continue reading Sing to Jesus
Today's Gospel reading in the Catholic lectionary is from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6, verses 27-38. It's the rather well-known passage about loving our enemies and it's definitely timely. Probably because it's a timeless theme. I have written on this theme before. If you'd like to read my thoughts on that, here you go! … Continue reading Luke 6:27-38 and Cobra Kai
I know I share lots of songs with you; the link to the latest YouTube video is below. But this is just perfect for such a time as this, as the saying goes. One of the reasons I love this song so more is because it's based on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. … Continue reading Make Me An Instrument…
I posted this in March and originally in 2017. Before that it was a piece for my twice-monthly column in the Killeen Daily Herald. It’s been coming to my mind again lately and my followers continue to increase so I’m sharing old entries for those who are going forward with me but have not necessarily been looking back. I have over 300 entries at this point so it’s understandable why you would not want to look back. I do this from time to time, especially when I’m busy and don’t have a lot of time to write new entries. See my last original entry to understand what’s been keeping me busy of late! It has to do with a new grandchild. Blissfully busy, but busy nonetheless.
I have been sort of discouraged lately observing the way things are going in our world. Maybe that’s because I am of a ‘certain age’. I was raised in a home where we were taught to say what we meant and then we prepared ourselves for the consequences, whatever they might be. My husband and I tried to do that with our own family. And I know many of us do. I think that today, though, too many people say things they don’t mean, which is another way of saying, they say things they do not believe or that they know are wrong. This can be found both in a public forum and in private conversation.
And they don’t seem to care about the negative consequences of their words because they are fairly confident there won’t be any! That often proves to be the case, sadly. What I find disconcerting…
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I began my blog in October of 2017. The entry below is one of the very first I included. I recalled it this morning as the Gospel reading includes the proclamation from Peter about who Jesus really is. Everyone else was afraid to say what they thought. But Peter boldly proclaims it and Jesus shares some amazing news with him because of it. So, here it is. From almost 7 years ago when my granddaughter was not even 2 years old. My, hour time flies…
Once when my 22- month-old granddaughter, Alice, arrived with her parents at their church she enthusiastically announced, “Jesus time!” That kid. I just love her so much. The interesting thing to me is that her parents rarely actually take her to Mass. They drop her off at the Immaculate Conception nursery so they can concentrate and be fully involved. My daughter does take her to adoration from time to time and Alice has been known to smile at the statue of Mary and to wave at the monstrance that holds the Sacred Eucharist.
I love that Alice is making the connection between the actual church, as well as adoration or Mass, and time spent with Jesus. I think of Jesus’ words to St. Peter: “Blessed are you Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this truth to you…” when that founding leader of our church on…
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I heard this song this morning (video below). My new grandson and his mommy (our daughter-in-law) have been staying with us and will be here another week and a half. Such a JOY for my husband and me. While our son, the new dad, is off doing the nation's business (he's a Soldier and out … Continue reading More like Jesus
So, first of all, I have to say that Dolly Parton is an amazing performer who sounds just like she did 30 years ago. She adds so much to the song, There Was Jesus, by Zach Williams. Give a listen if you haven't heard it yet. I love it! Zach said that this song is … Continue reading “There Was Jesus”
When I observe with some consternation and much concern the wanton destruction of some of America's cities, I cannot help but wonder about the parents of these young people. Are their parents dismayed? Are they filled with regret for the ways they indulged or refrained from disciplining their offspring? Or are they wondering how their … Continue reading Teach Your Children*
Back in May I wrote an entry entitled "Be Brave." It was about getting back outside and into the world, understanding the possible dangers, but being responsible as we deal with the pandemic. I still think that's necessary. I talked about how we used to be a nation of risk takers and we took pride in … Continue reading God’s got the power