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
I am sharing my meditations on one version of the Catholic Church's Stations of the Cross today. We traditionally observe this practice of meditating on Jesus' passion (suffering) and death every Friday during Lent. This year, of course, most of us were not able to do so in our churches, which is sad. But we … Continue reading Good Friday
We're all going through trying times right now. And, as is the way of the world, someone always is enduring a trial. Actually, lots of someones. We carry crosses and we wonder why? Whether it's the loss of a loved one or an illness within our own bodies, or maybe it's something emotional or psychological … Continue reading I Know…
Psalm 30 is such a trove of consolation and encouragement. I found it the other day, as the Holy Spirit would have it, while looking for something to share with a young lady who was grieving the loss of a loved one. I have lots of options, obviously, but Psalm 30 was the thing that … Continue reading Fighting My Battles
I heard this song this morning. Every Mile Mattered, Nicole Nordeman tells us. And I know it's true. It all makes us who we are. Learn from mistakes, ask forgiveness for them. And please believe that God has forgiven you when you truly ask Him to when you truly are sorry. And then move forward, … Continue reading The miles still matter…
What do we wish for our enemies? Usually it's not anything good. We want to destroy them. We want to end their wicked ways - toward us and toward others. Jesus tells us to love them. He does. Pray for those who persecute you, He tells us. Well, sure, in a theoretical sense, right? But … Continue reading Giving up the struggle
The Ultimate Blessing! – WINE — Read on catholicvineyard.com/index.php/2019/12/18/the-ultimate-blessing/ My latest entry on the Women in the New Evangelization blog. You may have to cut and paste the link. Sorry! Christmas Blessings!
As many of you know, if you've been reading my blog, I have gone back to school, to finish my grad degree in Theological Studies. Well, I have a take home (closed book on the honor system!) midterm exam for my History of the Old Testament course. I have not had a lot of time … Continue reading What I’ve Learned So Far
If you've been following me for more than a couple of weeks you know I love my contemporary Christian songs. Here's the latest. It's called Why God by Austin French. Watch the video. It's very moving. Love the song, of course. I actually like his little monologue prior to the music video the best. When … Continue reading Why God?