“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…

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…

Playing it Backward

The Work of Christmas Begins is a lovely poem by Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981).  He actually wrote this poem to explain the work that comes after the holiday decorations are put away, the lights are turned off, and the January cold seems to permeate our souls. But, reading this poem today, the First Day of Advent, serves as a powerful reminder of what we all…

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…

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…

Alzheimer Patient’s Request

http://www.viralnova.com/alzheimers-poem/ This brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again that when we serve others, their needs come first. Too often we try to force a particular view, action, or thought on others because we feel it will help. This poem reminds us that oftentimes just being there is enough. Sitting quietly, holding a hand, is more important than we will ever know.

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…

Who Are You?

Do you know who you are? I do – and it has nothing to do with my height, my intellect, or my achievements. My perception is not rooted in my hair color, my weight, or my financial statements. It isn’t even based on my family genetics, makeup, or community standing.  Three words can sum up my perception of myself: I am a back-pew person. I…

A Christian Woman’s Answer to Jay-Z

https://youtube.com/watch?v=WGnEuGwvXqU%3Frel%3D0 As a 50-something, I have never liked nor listened to rap. I confess my ears cannot seem to grasp the fast paced lyrics, which probably explains why rap is popular with the younger generation – their parents can’t understand what is being said and therefore censoring is more difficult. But, here is a rap-style lyric that was performed by a Christian performer, created to…