November 26, 2020

As we sit around our Thanksgiving table this year, for many of us it will be a smaller gathering than what we would have wanted. Many of us will have the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to relate those who have had empty seats at their holiday table before, to those who have been […]

November 12, 2020

Memorial of Saint Josaphat Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us… I think these might be the most challenging words in all of Scripture. We pray them every day, so much so that we often don’t hear them anymore. When someone trespasses against us, hurt and anger swell up like waves; something […]

October 22, 2020

Our son came home from college one day and shared that he was the only one of his friends whose parents were still married. His world was shifting from a Catholic home-school community, where long-time married parents were the norm, to the “real” world, where we were now the exception. This was ten years ago. […]

October 8, 2020

Today marks twenty-eight years from the day I gave birth to my firstborn, and the memory is as fresh as ever. I remember grabbing my bag to head on to the hospital, and the mix of thoughts and emotions that flooded my whole being. There was excitement, fear, relief, apprehension, but above all, there was […]

September 24, 2020

If someone were to write a play setting Herod in today’s world, we might find him scrolling down his Facebook feed, feeling perplexed after reading about all that was happening. I know many people who have decided to disconnect from social media because of the constant chaos that it seems to bring into their lives. […]

September 10, 2020

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Easier said than done. How quickly we forget our own failings when someone hurts us. It is easy to think, “I would never do that,” or “I would never treat someone like that.” We feel offended and think we are better, but we are […]

August 27, 2020

Memorial of Saint Monica For thy hands, O my God, in the secret purpose of thy providence, did not forsake my soul; and out of my mother’s heart’s blood, through her tears night and day poured out, was a sacrifice offered for me unto thee; and thou didst deal with me by wondrous ways. (Saint […]

August 13, 2020

The other day I noticed a charge on my bank statement that shouldn’t have been there and felt annoyed; I had already spent a long time on the phone with the bank the previous week, and now I had to call them again. They couldn’t find my account. I was angry. Not only was I […]

July 23, 2020

When I think of my first communion, I’m reminded of a time when my faith was simple, when the mystery of transubstantiation was accepted with a heart unencumbered by the desire to understand. I remember the devotion of your youth, how you loved me as a bride (Jeremiah 2:2). As we grow up, in our […]

July 9, 2020

The gift of self is the only proof of true love. (Saint Peter Julian Eymard) When a priest for whom singing is not a gift, sings during the Liturgy, my heart is deeply moved. It feels as though I am witnessing a very intimate moment between Jesus and his priest, a moment of pure love. […]