SEEK 2019 Taught Me How to Forgive

Merridith Frediani shares her experience involving her struggle to forgive someone, as well as the advice she received from Sr. Miriam James Heidland and Fr. John Burns at the SEEK 2019. She gives an account of her journey from being unforgiving to finding the grace to forgive and heal.

St. Maria Goretti Teaches Us to Forgive When It’s Hardest

It was a few years ago when St. Maria Goretti’s remains came through town. I regret that I did not make the effort to visit them. I was early in my faith reversion and had not yet come to appreciate the role saints play in our lives. What I remember most is hearing her story.  Maria Goretti was born in…

St. Josemaría Escrivá and Ordinary Life Sanctification

Our children have formed a loosely organized Put Upon Club. This club has no officers but has three affiliate members who like to remind us of their membership when we ask them to do a second or (gasp) third job in one day. Somewhere along this journey as a family, they erroneously determined that they should only have to perform…

The Names for Mary in the Litany of Loreto

May is a fickle month, at least here in Wisconsin where the wind can shift and the temperature can drop twenty degrees in five minutes. It’s a month I both love and hate. Sitting on my floor next to me are tuberous begonias, zinnias, and lantana plants that are waiting to be potted and placed outside. When I bought them…

Catholic Devotion Today: It’s Not All Bad News

There is a lot of bad news right now. A virus is sweeping the world, the economy is tanking, and we are mysteriously worried about toilet paper. Reports about people and faith are dismal. Even before churches closed as a response to the pandemic, church attendance was down. The outlook is not brilliant. One couldn’t be faulted for wondering if…

How Priests Are Shepherding during a Pandemic

The skies are quiet. I noticed it earlier this week when we had a succession of friendly spring days. The wind shifted and was coming from the south. Living nine miles north of the airport, spring and summer are when my house is on the landing flight path. I notice the increase of lowish flying airplanes overhead and by early…

The Joy of the Easter Season

How does one write about the joy of the Easter season in the midst of a pandemic? That was the question rattling around my mind for the past few weeks. I don’t want to be a PollyAnna with my head in the sand pretending everything is OK. Everything is not OK. There is real suffering. But I also don’t want…

How to Combat Worry with Trust in Jesus

I’m in a flock of scattered sheep. This virus has separated and isolated us from normality. I keep hearing “This is the new normal.” Our lives are upended. I find myself missing that which used to be an obligation, things like rising at 5:30 am to go to work. Despite loving my job, I found myself desiring one more day…

15 Recipes for Fridays during Lent

Ahh Lent.  A time of penance, abstinence, fasting, and having to dig for the recipes I don’t normally cook. Raising kids means making meat. During the Fridays of Lent, it means branching out from cod. Here are some recipes I’ve collected over the years that work well and for those who like their beef and chicken can be adapted after Easter. …

Christmas Reflection: Flight to Egypt through Joseph’s Eyes

In that hazy time between awake and asleep, when the dream is still real and plausible, I am sure I am brilliant. When I awake fully, the hair-brained nature of the dream becomes evident in the sharp morning light. Alas, I am not a genius.  Dreams are a thing in the Bible. Joseph, of amazing colored coat fame, interpreted dreams of…

Christmas Reflection: The Nativity through Mary’s Eyes

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, so it is a fitting time to reflect on what it was like for her to contemplate the great mystery of that title as she looked upon her son, savior, and God in the manger during the Nativity. We do not know if Mary knew all the things Jesus would do,…

Scripture to Help You Be Thankful When It’s Hardest

It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving. One college kid is home, another arrives on Tuesday morning. Because of past turkey defrosting timing mishaps, the bird is cooked and awaiting its gravy bath so it can return to the freezer for a few days. The house is clean, the menu planned, the groceries in the cupboard. It is a good time to…
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