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,…

She Chooses Life

Life is precious. Despite everything this beautiful baby girl has gone through in her short life…open heart surgery and a severe MRSA-Staph infection to name just a few… she is reaching out for love and life.  She is ready to get on with the business of living. How many of us can say the same thing? This Christmas, reach out for life.  Do not let…

Grace of Yes Day!

There is a place, in Boston, where people gather everyday and say Yes God.  It is called the Yawkey Family Inn.  This home was built on compassion, it is run on compassion…it is a place where people say “Yes God” every day. It is a place where I was humbled.  It is a place where faith is renewed and strengthened. And, it is a place…

Here I Go Again

It is time to change homes once again, and I know from experience it will not be easy. Trust me – having moved from Connecticut, to Ohio, to Minnesota, and back to Ohio in under thirteen years  I have a faint idea of what I am up against!  Each and every time I have been faced with the same questions and fears: What will my…

Mass Mobs Saving Catholic Churches

If we are lucky, we will learn something new every day. Well, today I was lucky. Recently I have been doing research into the early Polish-Catholic settlers of Detroit for a series of articles. These early founders of the PolishAmerican Catholic Church faced extreme prejudice and hardships,  yet they never lost sight of what was truly important: their faith. They sought solace and solidarity within…

Planning and Preparing

Are you planning a backyard Fourth of July party?  Did you plan a graduation party?  How about a wedding, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a retirement party…or even the annual birthday party?  Without fail, at some point this year all of us will be planning something! And that something will take preparation!  And from experience, I know preparations for ‘events’ take hard work, require…

Happy St. Joseph’s Day

As a Polish-American great-granddaughter of immigrants from the northern coast of Poland we have always celebrated the Feastday of St. Joseph.  He is our go-to-saint for everything associated with  family. He was the head of the Blessed Family.  He was the provider for Our Lord Jesus and Mary, our Blessed Mother.  He was a carpenter, a husband, a father, and the man who presided at…

Baby Estie

Many people have been kind enough to pray for the Baby Estie in St. Paul, MN based on the email I received from the prayer group, and published on Holding Hands.  As a Catholic writer and mother I know all things are possible through prayers.  When angry, scared, and frustrated – I turn to prayer.  This email scared me. It scared me because I do…

Remember the Holocaust…

Today and tomorrow, until sundown, we are asked to remember the Holocaust. Do we remember the souls lost forever? Do we recall the inhumane torture and suffering of all captured, imprisoned, separated from loved ones? Do we remember the propaganda used to dehumanize our fellow human beings? Do we remember the lack of compassion, the desire to not become involved ‘in their war’? Do we…