April 8, 2021

It’s been a year since I was invited to join the ranks of learned Scripture scholars and write my reflections on the day’s readings. As a young Catholic, emphasis in Sunday school was on the Catechism, the Ten Commandments, and the Sacraments. There was a Bible at home, my grandmother’s family Bible, but it was […]

March 25, 2021

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Just over two thousand years ago, one young woman’s life was changed like none ever before her. The whole world would undergo an amazing transformation as the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to give birth to the son of God! Mary must have been […]

March 11, 2021

You ask . . . that our hearts are turned to you. (from today’s Opening Prayer) Good Morning, Lord! Last evening you were with me in my evening prayers. It had been a good day, free from serious concerns and worries and full of my love and gratitude for all the blessings you have given […]

February 25, 2021

To the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8). There’s an old familiar story about a little boy who fell out of bed. When his mother asked what happened, he said, “I guess I stayed too close to where I got in.” This sounds like a reminder to consider your prayer life. […]

February 11, 2021

The Demon Is Gone! All parents have experienced the anxiety that comes when a child is seriously hurt or ill. What should I do? Where do I turn? How long will it take for the ambulance to get here? Our children, who may be the most precious people in our lives, at times like these, […]

January 28, 2021

“God bless me and make me a good boy!” Those are the opening words of the simple prayer our very young boys learned to say each night after enjoying a bedtime story, usually Winnie the Pooh. They always chose who else to bless—grandparents, parents, friends, each other. I don’t remember at what age they no […]

January 14, 2021

And there came a leper to him, and kneeling down said to him: if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean (Mark 1:40). Before Jesus spoke to the leper, he reached out and touched him. Having read about leprosy and seeing pictures of their wounds, I can only imagine reaching out and putting my hand […]

December 17, 2020

Finding Your Roots Some of our relatives were great genealogy enthusiasts and traced us back to our eighth great grandfather! When attending my husband’s family reunion, we discovered we were descended from the same man and were actually seventh cousins! Many of our female ancestors were strong, resilient women who faced difficult times and lived […]

December 3, 2020

Are You Listening? Many of us need hearing aids. The advertisements are many; the claims astounding. “Hear life to the fullest! Money-back guarantee!” In Chapter 7 of Matthew’s Gospel today, the aid we seek is not for our ears but our souls. Jesus invites us each day to listen to his word and apply the […]

November 19, 2020

“Sing to the Lord a New Song” (Psalm 95) At the end of my day, I have a habit of looking back, sort of a daily inspection of what’s been accomplished – or not. Then I mull over tomorrow’s agenda trying to prioritize my self-made assignments. At my age, I have lived most of my […]