"Heaven is the perfect end of a life spent loving God, not the end reward for a life spent being perfect." - John Henry Newman I hope these words of Blessed John Henry Newman provide you comfort because they are true. I heard once that St. Francis of Assisi was asked while he was hoeing … Continue reading Heaven Starts Here and Now
"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." – Edith Wharton So often in my life as an Army wife, I've been honored to be the mirror, reflecting the light of others who I was encouraging and am still so very proud of! It's a lovely … Continue reading This little mirror of mine…
It's been several days since I've last posted. Sorry about that! But tonight, after a busy Thanksgiving and days following, I am sharing a song by one of my favorite Christian bands, Casting Crowns. It's called "Joyful, Joyful." It is a beautiful old song that's been updated and I just love it. My favorite part … Continue reading Joyful, Joyful!
"The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy." - v. 8 The Lord is gracious and merciful! I have been on vacation since Friday. Spent the weekend with friends and family. Such blessings!! I love my life and am so very grateful for what I've been given. God has blessed … Continue reading Psalm 145
The following is a speech I gave a couple of years ago for a Military Spouse Appreciation Day luncheon at Ft. Hood, Texas. Every Friday before Mother's Day, since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan made it so, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! So, since only a room full of 300 Spouses got to hear it … Continue reading Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!
Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. That's Jesus' foster father, as I was taught to refer to him. Mary's earthly husband was an awesome human being. He had an amazing faith, a huge heart of compassion, and unlimited patience, it seems to me. He also worked hard to support his family. It … Continue reading St. Joseph the Worker
I found this poem/prayer last week, displayed on a candle in the St. Patrick Cathedral gift shop in New York City. It brought me to tears so, of course, I had to buy it! Why would this sweet little prayer make me cry? Where to begin? 33 years ago I was a newly married Army … Continue reading “I Said A Prayer For You Today”
He reached out His arm, Put out His hand. He wasn't angry; He wasn't worried. He was serene, peaceful. Even as the waves whipped around us; Even as the wind tore past us, through our clothes, He was strong. I wavered. He never did. I hesitated. He only moved that much quicker to save me. … Continue reading Matthew 14: 22-33
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job … Continue reading Humble service
We used to say of our strong willed daughter when she was very young, “We must use that strength for good and not evil.” We really did have that goal in mind. Today she is a strong Catholic woman of faith with 3 children of her own and she is a beautiful example of a … Continue reading The challenge & joy of strong willed kids