Happy St. Joseph’s Day

As a Polish-American great-granddaughter of immigrants from the northern coast of Poland we have always celebrated the Feastday of St. Joseph.  He is our go-to-saint for everything associated with  family. He was the head of the Blessed Family.  He was the provider for Our Lord Jesus and Mary, our Blessed Mother.  He was a carpenter, a husband, a father, and the man who presided at…

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…

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…