March 14, 2019

In the first reading today we find Queen Esther preparing to embark on a dangerous mission. She had asked all the Jews in the region to fast and pray on her behalf and, “seized with mortal anguish,” she prayed to God: Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, …Turn our mourning […]

February 28, 2019

I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.” It is sobering to ponder these words from the Act of Contrition in light of today’s gospel message. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off…and if your foot causes you to […]

February 14, 2019

In today’s gospel we hear the story of a woman who begs Jesus to drive a demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Rather than being indignant, the woman […]

January 24, 2019

My husband travels often for work, and although it is always challenging to be apart, it was especially so when our children were very young. One week I felt so overwhelmed that when my husband walked in from the airport, he found me with a packed bag in one hand and keys in the other. […]

January 10, 2019

In the first reading for today, St. John challenges us with a reality check: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar.” He goes on to emphasize that “whoever loves God must also love his brother.” There is no room here for excuses. We must love our brothers and […]

December 27, 2018

I met up with a friend recently who just couldn’t stop smiling. She was restless and giddy. She grabbed my arm and said, “I need to share something with you, but you must keep it to yourself. I’m going to be a grandma!” I was so happy for her! We hugged and laughed. She had […]

December 13, 2018

I was once in a crowded outdoor festival when the sound of gunshots broke through the air. Before I could realize what was happening, the stampede of panicked people had knocked me over and I was on the ground. People kept bumping against me, and I couldn’t stand up. In a moment of desperation, I […]

November 22, 2018

Today we celebrate what is probably my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving Day, and the Psalm for today seems to echo the gratitude we express in our celebration: “Let Israel be glad in their maker, let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.” I have always loved opening my home to family and friends and preparing […]

November 8, 2018

When my sons go on an out-of-town retreat with their youth group, they look forward to the trip on the bus almost as much as to the retreat weekend itself. There is something wonderful and exciting about embarking on a journey with others. “Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.” The response for today’s […]

October 25, 2018

We used to live in a house that was surrounded with majestic oak trees, and the one in the front yard was especially beautiful. One day, while it was raining, we heard a big thump and ran to look out the window. We saw our beautiful tree uprooted, lying on the ground. The shallow root […]