I've been hearing a lot of talk about the late 1960's right now. If you're old enough to remember, protests, riots and cities burning are certainly familiar. 1967 began with the "summer of love" but that soon turned into riots and chaos in 1968. That began after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. I … Continue reading On Gardens
A dear friend 'nominated me' for the 6 days "Life is Good" challenge on Facebook last week. I usually abstain from those types of things because I am not always diligent in doing the 'however many days' a challenge requires. But this was about posting things that give you joy and so I thought, "6? … Continue reading The Challenge
Well, it's 40 days since the Resurrection. Jesus is risen! Alleluia! The tomb was empty and many were confused and upset by this event. What did it mean? The apostles knew what it meant because Jesus appeared to them multiple times after He rose from the dead and they had plenty of conversations. But now, … Continue reading Thoughts on Ascension Thursday
Until very recently, the official state orders in New York were to return people to nursing homes even if they were not completely recovered from the Coronavirus. This allowed the virus to spread among those who were universally known to be the most vulnerable in our society. Too many died due to this policy. I … Continue reading Thoughts on a Friday
Today's Gospel reading is from John, Chapter 15. Here's a memorable line from that lovely book: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you." - Jesus It's a command, not a suggestion or a 'guide for your life.' It's what Jesus expects of us and rightly so. He suffered and died for … Continue reading What is expected of us?
Sometimes we get our feelings hurt when we feel left out or overlooked. It's important for us to try to remember those around us who we might at times take for granted. Or even worse, who we stop seeing. One of the things I tried really hard to do as a senior Army wife was … Continue reading Thoughts on Mother’s Day
Today's Gospel reading is from the Book of John, Chapter 10. Jesus says the wonderful words, "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me." I love how Jesus says that with such confidence. He's counting on us. He tells the Pharisees that "No one can take them out of my hand." … Continue reading The Lord is my Shepherd
Be brave. That's what I want to say to everyone. Let's be brave and bold. Let's get outside and breathe some fresh air and feel the sun on our faces. Even if we have to wear a mask. Let's move on now. I think the fear is the worst part of this pandemic for me. … Continue reading Be Brave.
Today, May 1st, is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. On this day the Catholic Church is reminded of the dignity of every human's work, whether at home, in an office, shop/store, or in a field or factory. Anywhere work is done. And we are grateful that we join in God's work with … Continue reading St. Joseph the Worker
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, born in the 16th century, longed to become a priest after much personal tribulation and deep sadness. He lost his wife, children and mother all within a 4 year span and then sought to enter the Jesuit order, but was denied entrance twice. When they finally admitted him, it was as a … Continue reading A fool for Christ