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…

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…

Feeling Lost

Feeling Lost I am officially lost. In fact, you know you are officially lost when you receive an email from one of your trade groups and you have no idea why they sent you a particular email, or how this invitation to join a group within the group is different from other groups within the trade group, or worse…how to even respond to the invitation. And I do…

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…

Nine Months Together…Then It Ends

Soon our family will have a new member.  Any day now my god-daughter will give birth, and as a mother of four I know exactly how these last few weeks  feels…especially when it is your first.  She has no idea of what is in store for her, but she is eagerly welcoming the unexpected with open arms. No one knows the sex of the child…although…