"But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 5:20-21 The state of California is proposing a Constitutional … Continue reading Prayers & Fasting, #2
After spending way too much time angry with people who "should" know better, but who continue to disappoint and frustrate me by their actions, I have decided it's past time to start praying and fasting for those who are so lost they think the wrongs they advocate or encourage are actually doing what is "right." … Continue reading Prayer & Fasting: Who I’m praying for this week
There are certain factions in our culture today who ridicule those who offer thoughts & prayers to victims' families when deceased loved ones are violently and senselessly murdered. Those sentiments, no matter how genuine, can seem trite and rather shallow. But no one should doubt the sincerity when those who have compassion toward grieving and … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers
I came across this speech I gave 6 years ago on the 4th of July. I can't believe the wonderful city of Belton, Texas invited my battle buddy, Sandra Lee Smith, and me to be the "Grand Marshalls" of this parade! It was a great day! Not much to add to my remarks so here … Continue reading For the 4th of July
I picked the readings for my husband's and my wedding over 38 years ago. He sort of gave me that honor, I'll say. The Gospel passage I chose for the presiding priest to proclaim during our wedding Mass was entitled in my Bible, "The Great Commission." I thought, "Well, how perfect! I'm marrying a U.S. … Continue reading The Commission
From 4 years ago, but apropos on this feast day for our Lady, Jesus’ Mother and ours!
Today we are celebrating the newest feast day declared by Pope Francis, that of Mary, the Mother of the Church.
Before you dismiss today’s blog because you are not Catholic and it doesn’t interest you, please hang in there! Just to let you know, that Jesus’ mother, in that role, is also mother of us all, no matter if you practice my faith or not. If we are the Body of Christ, as it proclaims in Scripture, then she is our mother, too.
And we can be assured that the woman – who said “Yes” to the angel Gabriel, and the woman who stood at the foot of the cross as her son died, and the woman who was present at Pentecost in the upper room when the Holy Spirit rushed in to inspire and embolden all the followers of Jesus – that she is a unique and unfathomably blessed…
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I heard a podcast a few days ago in which a young priest discussed misery meeting mercy. He was referring to the New Testament story of the woman caught in adultery. After all her accusers have walked away, stunned into silence and inaction, made impotent by the incisive words of Jesus, "Let the one without … Continue reading Where Mercy meets Misery
Posting again, with great sadness and concern. Let us pray for the families of the little victims in Texas and of the two teachers who perished. Rest in Peace. And for all the survivors who are traumatized by the experience, especially the classmates of these children, let us pray for them. . Lord have mercy. God, heal the survivors and loved ones with Your grace and peace.
Where is hope? Where is love? Where is mercy and compassion? Or empathy…
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I heard this on Pandora today. Not much to add. Except that Rich Mullins was richly blessed by the God he worshipped and praised in song so beautifully, thoughtfully, reverently. I am certain that Rich rests in the Lord now. So just watch, listen, contemplate/pray. Amazing. https://youtu.be/rhGOosxTLrY