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.…

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…

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…

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…

Emails and Me

Email can be a powerful tool for communication, or a major distraction.  As a person who has over 300 unread emails in her “daily” mailbox I personally consider emails a burdensome necessity to everyday life.  Scanning the new arrivals I quickly open those of importance and glide right past the ones marked with “fwd” or “hi” or “just seeing how you are”…BUSY, I think to…

Grazie Mille Papa

It has been amazing watching history in the making today.  Our Pope teaches all, by his actions, Christ‘s admonition, “As I do, so must you do”. Our now-retired Pope has taught us all humility. Christ could have had the world at his feet, but he chose to die for us instead.  His Kingdom is not of this world, and our reward for following Him is not of this world…

A Week of Change

As a child, Friday meant freedom from school. As a mother, Friday usually meant a take home pizza instead of cooking a full meal for the family As a parent with teenagers, Friday also meant a night of listening for car doors. Now,  to keep Lent as a period of personal growth, Friday will have a new meaning. FRI = Forgive and Resolve Issues with…

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…

Wednesday’s Reminder

This has been an interesting week. Monday I spent the day trying NOT to Mention Other’s Negatives (MON) – although driving nine hours solo helped me quite a bit.  Then, opting not to listen to talk radio which in turn negated the need to  talk back to the hosts (yes, I realize they don’t know when I call them names) also aided in my success.  And then…

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…