Prayers & Fasting, #2

"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

Prayer & Fasting: Who I’m praying for this week

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

Thoughts and Prayers

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

The Commission

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

Where Mercy meets Misery

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