Advent (the Church New Year) is a time of preparation: preparing our hearts, and our homes to make room for Jesus in our homes, and in our hearts. Mary deTurris Poust has a great reflection today on this, the third week of Advent, the week of the Rose candle, and the "O" antiphons, and the … Continue reading Gaudete!
Instead of making resolutions for a new year I choose a focus word. Failed resolutions tend to highlight those places in life where both faith, and actual work are needed but do so in a way that invites shamed, and humiliated thinking. Each "failure" has the opportunity to be a stumbling block, or a stepping … Continue reading Open the eyes of my heart
A reading from the Gospel of Matthew “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot … Continue reading This Little Light of Mine
Over the last few days I've been piecing a quilt top. For a quilter this doesn't seem particularly unusual. I mean, we make quilts right? I'm a quilter, a self-described hard core quilter, allow me to clarify, quilting, for me, is defined as the pretty stitching on the top. It's what I love to do, … Continue reading I’ve been making a quilt
Alternate title: An Easter experience at the beginning of Advent. Eucharist means Thanks Giving, it is a meal, and a retelling of our family story, the Salvation moment. We have an opportunity to share in this every single day, and while there are some differences in the story telling (as there should be) this Celebration … Continue reading Praise you in This Storm
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and works with loving hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her … Continue reading Proverbs 31 – On Being a good Woman
Celebrating is a good thing. We're quickly coming up on the Season of Advent, which can be practiced as a "little Lent", with sacrifices, preparing our hearts for making room for Jesus. We take this journey with Mary and Joseph who must travel to Bethlehem while she's in that last month of pregnancy. In this … Continue reading Celebrating
Life Lines is a feature I read regularly in Catholic NY. I enjoy Mary Poust's writing style, and as a woman I do appreciate her take on faith. Saying "Thank you" for the hard stuff that happens in life, seeing these moments, these experiences as a blessing is something of a challenge. I'd certainly love everything … Continue reading Thank You
As the words start spilling from the heart to the page, a memory from several years ago keeps coming to mind. My Sweetie and I were on a ministry related trip with some of the guys we worked with, when we stopped for dinner. As a larger group (about 17) a few tables needed rearranging. … Continue reading Who from Scripture do I want to have dinner with?
In just a few short weeks I will celebrate the end of my forty-ninth, and beginning of my fiftieth year of life. I am grateful to be here. I'm grateful that along the way I've learned some wisdom, and have learned to listen to my heart (perhaps the prompting of the Holy Spirit?) when I … Continue reading I held her hand