We the People Can Do Better

Everyone has a breaking point – just ask the ever-loyal Cleveland Browns fans – who, by the way, I feel could use a tad bit more positive feedback  for their coming 2014-2015 season.  But in regards to the community of citizen-commentators who post to our newspaper, I reached my breaking point.  This week I logged on and viewed the “most comments’ link supplied on their opinion…

Follow up to Baby Estie

As promised, I am posting an email I rec’d from one of the people who was referenced in the email I rec’d: “Ms. Bannon, I recently became aware you have the story about the triplets from St. Paul’s Children’s Hospital on your blog.  Please be aware that there is much inaccurate information in it.  Please be aware, this should come down off your blog.   I…

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…

“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…

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…