Advent 2018

Advent is quickly approaching and many will be so busy decorating, baking, shopping, and partying they will wake Christmas morning exhausted both physically and emotionally. Do NOT let that happen this year.  December 2, 2018 is the First Sunday in Advent.  Begin this week to light the candles within your soul.  Prepare to put Christ first this season.  Each day, do something just for Him. …

Eucharistic Forgiveness

Have you ever heard something over and over and yet never truly heard it? This happened to me on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, January 3rd.  During daily Mass, Father Antonio of St. Patrick Church in Wareham Massachusetts recited what we all have heard thousands of times ” On the night He was betrayed, He took bread into His Hands and said….”…

Adulting

My adult son called to say his day was going to be spent ‘adulting’. When I asked him to repeat what he said, he said ‘I am adulting’ today. Curious, I asked what he meant by ‘adulting’.  He said “You know Mom.  Dishes have to be done, I need to clean my apartment, do some grocery shopping, finish my laundry and pay bills.  No fun…

Blessed Father Solanus and Teagen Grace

  On August 18, 2014 my son and his wife gave birth to Teagen Grace, an 8.6 pound baby girl.  They reside in  Rhode Island, and at the time my husband and I were living in Concord OH.  They called at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning to tell us her Apgar score was between 9 and 10, they were exhausted and ecstatic.   We made…

How Does Jesus See You?

How do you think Jesus sees you?   I remember the first time I was asked this question: third grade, by Sister Veronica who kept a 6” ruler handy in her habits side pocket for those without a quick answer. Short? Pretty? Smart? Funny? Fifty-five years later I cannot recall what answer I gave, but I have kept this question front and center throughout my life.…

Treasures Given Freely

Nothing is more important than The Cross…on which hung the Savior of the world. In today’s busy world we can easily be distracted from this Truth; and then, if we are lucky, He will gently place something in our path as a reminder. Recently my mother has begun the process of separating her belongings among her children.  This usually means taking one of us aside,…

Auschwitz Liberated, January 27, 1945

I have often wondered about the emotions of the Auschwitz liberators.  Joy? Pain? Regrets?  Anger? Or all of the above? My imagination tells me they must have been felt as if they were punched in the gut.  Their silence, and the silence of those saved, must have deafening. Today is the seventy-first anniversary of prisoners being liberated from the horror that was Auschwitz.  Virtual Jerusalem…