Eucharistic Forgiveness

Have you ever heard something over and over and yet never truly heard it? This happened to me on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, January 3rd.  During daily Mass, Father Antonio of St. Patrick Church in Wareham Massachusetts recited what we all have heard thousands of times ” On the night He was betrayed, He took bread into His Hands and said….”…

How Does Jesus See You?

How do you think Jesus sees you?   I remember the first time I was asked this question: third grade, by Sister Veronica who kept a 6” ruler handy in her habits side pocket for those without a quick answer. Short? Pretty? Smart? Funny? Fifty-five years later I cannot recall what answer I gave, but I have kept this question front and center throughout my life.…

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…

Thursday’s Helpful Hint

My father used to say, in frustration, Jesus Christ…and not exactly in a prayer either. He would lose his keys – “Jesus Christ, who moved my keys”. Or, when we were stuck in traffic he was known to utter “Jesus Christ, what is the problem!” There were even times he would call upon Our Lord’s name after viewing the state of our bedrooms, the toy…

Tuesday’s Temptations

Everyone has some character flaw they need to work on, and since Lent is the perfect time for attempting correction, on every TUES. of Lent remember this acronym:   “Try To Understand Everyone’s Side. Left/Right, Conservative/Liberal, Wife/Husband, Parent/Child, Parent/teen, Man/Woman … take the time to truly listen when a person may disagree with something you believe.  Only then can we engage them in a conversation. You do not have to agree…

Directive to Remember

I love this card that is going throughout the internet. It came to me via Facebook, and I cannot help but notice how the card says “He will need them back”… not that He will “want them back” or that God ” might take them back”…but He will need them back! Each one of us is so important to God that He will “need” us back home to live…

First Friday of Lent: Happy Birthday Irene!

Woke up this morning with a severe headache, in all likelihood caused by the myriad of problems I know I have to face today.  So, at 5:30 A.M. decided to just get up and face the day.  Sipping on that first cup of coffee and contemplating on this First Friday of Lent I felt these words run through my entire body:”I am always with you”. These…

Polish Traditions Remembered

I have to be honest – being Polish AND Catholic are so intertwined with who I am that when I visited Poland with my sisters and parents in 2008 I was surprised to see churches of other faiths…and I was in my fifties! All the people in my life with Polish ancestry are Catholics; therefore Church traditions were synonymous with Polish traditions. Didn’t matter that…