I didn’t get the cure that I wanted, the cure for my debilitating disease, for which I and countless others prayed. Why not? Didn’t Jesus say that all we ask … Continue Reading Are My Prayers Lazy?
As I pray for all Christians to humbly and respectfully witness to Christ’s self-sacrificing love for each and every human, I meditate upon His perpetual gift to us: the Eucharist. … Continue Reading Am I Willing to Sacrifice?
Spring is in the sunlight and the bird song—if not quite in the still winter air—and Spring is my favorite season with all of its tender, yet raucous beauty. With the wonders of the created world in mind, and with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I’m sharing again this reflection on two meditations/invocations from two very different cultures across time. Or are they very different? Note how beauty is in the same places as Christ, and Christ the same as beauty.
Read it here: The Navajos and Saint Patrick
(St. Patrick, pray for us!)
I have friends who sense the presence of angels and Saints praying for them in their hour of need. For my part, I admit that I’ve never been one to … Continue Reading Heaven Is Praying for You
I do love this gruesomely pretty picture: June is the month of roses and daisies, fresh-picked peas and strawberries, the summer solstice and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How wonderful … Continue Reading Month of the Sacred Heart
(Once, I prayed these words when I received Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament – and my teeth pierced into the Body of Christ…. ) For my salvation, Lord, this … Continue Reading Our Sufferings He Endured: a Meditation
This week, I’m sharing two little poems of mine (and I don’t claim to be a poet.) The first is from a recent excursion with my parents to Rhododendron Sate … Continue Reading Two Poems of Wonder
I have rather hated the stereotype that religious people need religion as a crutch. Prayers, Scripture, faith itself, they say, are all wishful thinking that bring comfort to the … Continue Reading Food of Prayer
Picture it: An elderly couple sit in a restaurant with a third person at their table. This person appears to be their adult daughter, but she is disabled, needing a wheelchair … Continue Reading A Prayer before the Feeding
This is the famous 1918 photograph by Eric Enstrom called “Grace”. It has hung in the dining room of my parents’ house since before I was born. Interestingly, although … Continue Reading A Prayer before Eating
I’m not alone in believing that we need prayer now, more than ever. Why? Perhaps, because ordinary people aren’t praying as much. People like you. And me. It’s not like … Continue Reading Morning Prayer
It’s strange how you can come to care about the people whose blogs you read regularly, or even occasionally. I find that I want to know about the major ups … Continue Reading Our Daily Bread
Before I share the thought that was given to me through Scripture and prayer, I do want it understood that thoughts of the afterlife, of eternal reward or punishment, don’t … Continue Reading Not Here, Not Yet
Do you pray silently before receiving Communion or afterward? What do you pray? After receiving Christ in the Eucharist, my prayer is intimately personal. Not always grand or uplifting, that’s … Continue Reading The Humility of God and Holy Communion
Here is a re-presentation of an earlier post for June: Catholic imagery can be beautiful… and also a bit terrifying. Gruesome even. The picture of the Sacred Heart of … Continue Reading The Sacred Heart of Reality
For my salvation, Lord, this is what you will… The circle of thorns, the only crown that we deigned to give you in our wickedness, pierced into your temples … Continue Reading Meditating on Christ’s Death