"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
I read a great quote this morning. I have no idea who said it, sadly. As an English Literature major I am a fanatic about citing sources and giving credit to authors. But what can you do? So, the statement is, ""When God wants something special done in the world... He sends a baby and … Continue reading On babies, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare
Early in John's Gospel there is an interesting little story about Philip introducing Nathanael to the rabbi Jesus. I have always liked this story in part because we named our son Philip. It's a strong name that means 'lover of horses.' His dad was a Cavalry officer so the meaning was also apropos, we thought. … Continue reading “Come and See”
On this Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, a poem... It begins in the bitter cold Even if that’s not the time to have a baby Small matter The world is barren But she ignores that fact A child is born And all is mystery In the dead of winter Spring flows out … Continue reading The Seasons of a Mother’s Heart
I don’t know about you, but once again it feels like the year went by too fast. There’s an old, funny saying: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper; it goes quicker when you’re near the end.” As someone who is on the shady side of her 50s, I am here to tell you … Continue reading A truly Happy New Year?
When we lived in Vilseck, Germany a million years ago, my daughter and I used to be part of a community theater group there. We loved to perform musicals and they were always well received. What fun we had during those years! There's nothing like singing and dancing in public if you are prone to … Continue reading Psalm 103
Father, I pray that I may see Jesus in everyone I meet. (Or else I won’t be able to see Him in anyone. Yes?) I pray I may see Jesus in my enemy, my fallen from grace family member, my agnostic friend, my judgmental neighbor, arrogant politicians, the list is endless. But yes, once we … Continue reading Christmas Blessings
I heard an interesting homily on Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday a fews years ago. In our liturgical cycle, the same readings came up again today. Our presider, Father Raphael, relayed to the congregation the story of a policeman who was asked by an out of town visitor where he might find a church for Sunday services. … Continue reading Gaudete!
Much has been made of the Christians who endorsed, campaigned and voted for, Roy Moore. The charges made against him are troubling and his actions reprehensible since he never directly denied them. And the accusers are extremely credible. It is rather disappointing, if not downright unfathomable, that any true Christian would support this man for … Continue reading By their fruits…
In the Catholic Lectionary, Monday’s Gospel reading is Luke Chapter 5, verses 17 through 26. It’s the story where the paralyzed man can’t get in to a particular house to see Jesus. He is obviously seeking to be cured so he can stand and walk again. Or maybe for the first time. We don’t have … Continue reading A little help from our friends