“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.”  Matthew 7:7 I refused to make a New Year’s Resolution this year…until last week. I have asked for prayers, and I have been asked to pray for others.  I trust in the power of prayer and I truly believe they…

A Gentle Reminder

Upon greeting a dear friend at morning Mass today I inquired if she had had a wonderful Christmas. Little did either of us realize Father Fred was already sitting at the altar, only a few feet away, as we exchanged hugs and laughter about what we had done over the holiday; but knowing Mass was beginning soon, we  sat down to listen to his opening…

The Truly Poor Among UsA (Us All)

My mother handed me a story to read, a short one she said, from her church bulletin in response to a discussion we were having about life in the USA today.  Being in a hurry, I didn’t want to sit and read an article, especially one from the St. Brendan Parish Bulletin of all things, but she said it was important to understand what being poor…

Planning for a New Year

Spent a wonderful evening with dear  friends as a prelude to this Christmas season and was reminded by Nora on the path to true success.   On her table was a 365 day Devotional book by Sarah Young…Jesus Calling. Opened it to todays thought and it just hit home for me. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Can…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Memories

For most children the best part of December is putting up their Christmas trees and decorating it with lights and ornaments, garland and tinsel. In my family we had what I can only term a Christmas Tree Weekend.  On the second Saturday of December, we would get up early, my husband would make pancakes and bacon, and then we would pile our four children into…

Advent Prayer for Week One

Please enjoy this prayer as we head into the first week of Advent. ADVENT PRAYER Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, guide us as we begin the season of Advent. For those who have so much to do let us find quiet moments to hear your voice in sacred scripture. For those who are anxious and worried let us look forward…

Interesting commentary, by Andrea Levy

I came across a particular article by a local writer, with an accompanying illustration that spoke volumes about the current atmosphere in Washington DC these days. Regardless of political persuasion, we all can find common ground with opponents…the question is, do we have the desire to find the common ground. Thanks to Andrea Levy Plain Dealer writer for allowing me to reprint her essay. I…

Moments that Matter

                               “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you                                            will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) Thanks to my father and son, I understand this…

Meditation and Prayer

From my perspective I seem to be drawn to three types of articles.  Some are written with the intention of relaying new information; finance, politics, foreign lands…just to mention some of my interests. Others are articles written by people debating or complaining about a particular point of view I hold and expounding on why their way of thinking is best. And then there are the…