I was honored to be part of the leadership team at a Catholic Military family retreat in S. Korea back in May. At one of my sessions with the adults, I talked to them about having an "elevator speech" at the ready to explain their faith to anyone they might encounter. In 1 Peter 3:15, … Continue reading The Elevator Speech
Be our guide Be our light Be our strength Be our hope Be our joy Be ours Bless our talents Make us thankful for our gifts Give us wisdom, insight to know Your will Give us energy and strength to act it out Give us good fellowship with all who are here For the glory … Continue reading Come, Holy Spirit
Little Baby E was born to eternal life last week on March 11th. It was also his birthday, the actual day that we was born: March 11, 2019. At the 35th week of gestation, his birth was awaited with great joy and anticipation by those who already loved him. His stillborn birth was a shock … Continue reading “A (Shooting) Star Is Born”
God only knows what you've been through. Any of us. Oh, we can tell stories or write about it. We reveal the scars on our spirits and the state of our hearts with our lives, what we say and how we treat ourselves and others. But none of us can ever really know what you've … Continue reading God Only Knows
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." - Proverbs 18:21 I've been thinking a lot about words lately. It seems to me that a lot of people have forgotten that words have definitive meaning and that's what makes us able to effectively communicate with one another. Language is crucial to the continuation … Continue reading Words
We just bought a refrigerator online. Yesterday I found the one I liked for our new home. It will be delivered on the 3rd of January, the day after we move to the house in San Diego. I'm super excited as I have not owned a refrigerator since we sold the only house we've ever … Continue reading On refrigerators and faith
I love the Christmas creche in all its forms. I took this photo in a shop in Williamsburg, Virginia last year. It's amazing, a true work of art. All handmade! If you have a creche, you might consider a blessing. It's not too late as we are right now, today, within the Octave of Christmas. … Continue reading Away in a manger; celebrating the Octave of Christmas
I could not find the photo credit for this picture. It was posted 7 years ago as part of a video called “Santa’s Silent Night.” You can find it on YouTube. I just think it’s a cool photo and I wish I could find out who took it so I could give them proper credit. … Continue reading Joyful Christmas!
In Psalm 14, verse 6, we learn that "the poor" have God as "their refuge." In the Psalms the poor are also referred to as "the just" and as God's people. So, really anyone trying to love and trust God despite all the scary, nightmarish, frustrating, irrational things he or she encounters on life's journey. … Continue reading Attitude and Temptation
Psalms 9 and 10, according to my faith tradition, are always considered together since the continuation of an acrostic poem begins in 9 and continues through the 10th psalm. We're speaking of Hebrew letters here so don't go searching for A-Z in your Bible's translation of those works. Since that's the way they were written … Continue reading Blessed Are You!