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
One day, several years ago, I was sitting in an empty chapel praying and waiting for the families to arrive for the funeral of my cousin's mother-in-law. A man who looked to be homeless, in disheveled, dirty clothing with matted hair to match, approached my pew. His shoes were worn through and he shuffled when … Continue reading What matters most to me
Something to meditate upon this Good Friday… https://youtu.be/NegD8s3pUpw We could never thank You enough. But we can vow to live our lives worthy of the sacrifice.
On this Palm Sunday and in the final days of this Lenten season, I thought it was time to share once again this poem I wrote several years ago… Can you see Him? He’s there with that angry mob. No, he’s not he menacing one. He’s the peaceful One, the serene One, the holy One. … Continue reading Holy Week meditation
This morning on my daily walk, I finally listened to the March 31 installment of the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast. The young man, Jacob, (a seminarian) who joined Father John (a regular host for years) did a great job telling the audience about Max Scheler and ressentiment. Ressentiment, basically, has to do with … Continue reading The antidote to resentment
Yesterday's Gospel reading was the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Ultimately, it's a story about God’s mercy and about our compassion for one another. And the idea that, if God can forgive us and be merciful toward us and our many faults and many failures, surely we can be the same … Continue reading No Condemnation
https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/perspectives-on-lent/articles/looking-at-lent-through-the-lens-of-grace/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Living+Lent+Daily%3A+March+21%2C+2022&utm_campaign=living-lent-daily22-week-3-7074-yoc-mar21&vgo_ee=bb83POd3yq3Dybqtr0jyP2QOP8ZXmRzMvz3Yw%2BcA7gI%3D I'm sharing the link above because the excerpt talks about an openness to God's grace. Those two word - God's grace - are my watchwords for 2022 and, I hope, the rest of my life. I have written about grace many times, but right now it is becoming clearer to me that I need … Continue reading Drop the cup