Lent – A Time to Transfigure Our Lives

While visiting my parent’s church this weekend in Massachusetts their parish priest said something that truly made me stop and reconsider why my faith is so important to me. Father Mullen of St. Brendan‘s, Bellingham MA commented that those with a grasp of their faith are happy people. And he is right. I am basically a happy person, and to be honest, my family is…

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…

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…

Monday Morning Mantra

                                           Photograph by Iook Galeria/Aurora Photos Sunday’s reading of the devil tempting Jesus in the desert brought to mind all the times the devil’s work is made easier by choices made. When we ignore God‘s Commandments, every time we conveniently forget Jesus’s teaching, we make…

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…