Moving through the Clouds of Discernment

More than once, having paused from my daily tasks or stresses, I have glanced up at the heavens, searching for the reminder that there is something more than just what our earthly existence can provide. Often, during those times looking at the sky, I have watched the clouds, occasionally making out shapes arranged within them. Like children who might excitedly…

For the Beauty of the Earth

At all times, I see the call to praise God for the beauty of the earth and creation in all the wondrous gifts he has given to us.

The Immaculate Heart and Interior Life of Mary

“There is no storm that can shipwreck the most sweet heart of Mary. When you see the squall coming, if you seek safety in the firm refuge that is Mary, there will be no danger of your being hurled off course or going down.” St. Josemaría Escrivá  On June 20, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.…

Visiting the Local Catholic Cemetery

One tradition I have particularly missed since the pandemic began, has been my monthly visit to the local Catholic cemetery for Mass.  Beginning New Chapters … Eight months ago, I spent two weeks in Ireland with my mother to celebrate my graduation from college. The day after returning home from the beautiful rolling hills, sheep towns, coastal waters and old…

Made in God’s Image: Discovering Unity in Diversity

Genesis 1:27 tells us of the heart of creation: “God created man in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Made in God’s Image In the image of God he made us. Thus, we all reflect attributes of God and share in an identity as sons and daughters of the creator…

Keeping Kids Engaged During Confirmation Prep

I sat on a stool in the parish narthex as dozens of pairs of eyes stared back at me. It was that year’s confirmation retreat and I was one of the speakers. “My dad is going through RCIA to join the church,” I said. “Which means he will be baptized, receive first communion and confirmation at Easter.”  I tried not…

Serving the Spirit of Others: Spiritual Works of Mercy

On the Sunday of Divine Mercy we remembered St. Maria Faustina’s mission for Jesus to tell the whole world of his great mercy for all. We are also reminded not only to trust in Jesus’ inexhaustible mercy for our souls but of the tangible actions we can take in our daily lives to bring about the Lord’s divine mercy to…

A Tribute to Our Furry Quarantine Companions

“And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kind: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind. And it was so … and God saw that it was good.’” Genesis 1:24 Furry Companions  During this time of isolation from other human beings, we are reminded even…

Remaining Faithful through Trials like COVID-19

 “God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 This Scripture passage has become a mantra to me in a world turned on its head—children without school, parents without work, stores and…

Blessed Not Stressed: Dealing with Anxiety

 “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NAB)  I lay on the floor of my room, staring up at the ceiling as I focused on centering my shallow breaths. Deep in the recesses of my anxious brain, I pulled out the words from Fr. Don Dolindo’s Surrender Novena.  “O Jesus, I surrender myself…

The Reason Jesus Went into the Desert (A Lenten Commentary)

“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst … He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta For many, Lent is a time to give up something so as to go with less; one might give up chocolate and television or give a…
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