October 15, 2020

Memorial of Saint Therese of Lisieux Today the church remembers Saint Therese of Lisieux, sometimes better known as the Little Flower. Born in France a few years after the death of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, she lived only twenty-four years. Do you remember how you spent the first twenty-four years of your life? Would you […]

October 1, 2020

Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples whom he sent ahead of him… (Luke 10: 1) We have all seen pictures of classrooms or playgrounds where small children, knowing the answer to a teacher’s question or begging to be chosen to be on a team, are jumping up and down or waving their arms, hoping to be […]

September 17, 2020

Have you ever had someone do an absolutely incredible favor for you? Something that made your life better that made a terrible experience almost disappear? I have, and that person continues to do amazing things for me. The only problem is how in the world can I ever repay her or do something as extraordinary […]

September 3, 2020

While searching for some inspiration for today’s reflection, one article really spoke to me. The author wrote about the power of words, that there is actually a sacrament of words. Words have the power to strengthen, feed, and renew us. These days of quarantining, words are keeping us connected, healing the silences around us. Growing […]

August 20, 2020

Like all young girls of my generation, I dreamed of my wedding. Unlike today’s weddings with hundreds of people invited, I wanted a small, intimate ceremony in the church. Our families and best friends would receive special handwritten invitations to the wedding and a joyful reception at my parents’ home. What more could a young […]

August 6, 2020

Feast of the Transfiguration Jesus’ journey to the cross begins with his transfiguration. With his earthly ministry coming to a close, Jesus knows he has trained the disciples to continue his mission after his death and resurrection. Without telling them what was going to happen, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John up a […]

July 16, 2020

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30) Jesus is there in today’s gospel, issuing a beautiful, comforting, all-loving invitation. He reaches out to each of us in these troubled times. Most of us have prayed in all sincerity to God to lift the burdens […]

July 2, 2020

While reading today’s gospel, Matthew 9:1-6, it seemed I was reading a program to guide me through a play or an opera. Scene One is Jesus’ home town, who was there, including four who had brought a paralytic with them. The cast included Jesus, his followers, and his enemies, those who doubted who he was. […]

June 18, 2020

The Sermon on the Mount! The Lord’s Prayer! What could be difficult than writing about the simplest prayer that is also the deepest one ever? There are so many messages, such longing, enough material for a lifetime of meditation! We address God, our Father in heaven, who is adored as holy. His kingdom is present […]

June 4, 2020

After surviving a hurricane, selling property, purchasing a new car and home, and settling in, it seems I have written a million “to do” lists chores that need attention. The lists don’t get smaller; they just change as the circumstances change. You cross off a completed task and add two more. It’s very easy to […]