Audrey Assad's song, I Shall Not Want, is beautiful, including her amazing lyrics. Part, "Litany of Humility," part 23rd Psalm, part Lord's Prayer, it is fitting for our time. Well, it's really timeless. Through the ages people have always grappled with their egos, their desire to be noticed, praised, given credit. But we are not … Continue reading I Shall Not Want
Today's Gospel reading for our liturgical year is from Matthew. It's the familiar account of the disciples who are in the boat with the sleeping Jesus when a "violent storm" comes upon them. It says that the boat was being "swamped by waves" in my version. So, you know, that's a little scary. If the … Continue reading Calming the Storm
A hymn... Help us accept each other As Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, Each person to embrace. Be present, Lord, among us, And bring us to believe We are ourselves accepted And meant to love and live. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, As in our daily life We struggle to be … Continue reading Help Us Accept Each Other
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
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
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.
I got to speak to the Military Council of Catholic Women today during their Day of Reflection. I was honored and humbled to be asked. Unfortunately, because it is a 'closed' Facebook group (members only), I can't share that particular video with you here.But I have posted my remarks below. I don't say them word … Continue reading On the practice of the presence of God and detachment