My mother is having surgery today. She needs to have a full tear in her rotator cuff repaired – a surgery that is not uncommon. But, I admit… I’m still … Continue Reading Mama
“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” You know that Thanksgiving tradition of going around the dinner table asking each … Continue Reading Radically Give Thanks in All Things
Saint Augustine wrote, “it is never licit [right] to kill another: even if he should wish it, indeed if he request it because, hanging between life and death, he begs … Continue Reading Life with Dignity: a Personal Plea against Assisted Suicide
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
Twenty years ago today, I graduated from high school. And, yes, that makes me feel old. Graduating from Pembroke Academy was a big deal to me, for reasons that I … Continue Reading Glory Days: Valedictory Speech
Sometimes, I think that people make YouTube videos because they like the sound of their own voices. But, I assure you, that’s not the case with me. I seriously DISLIKE the sound … Continue Reading YouTube Channel – For Better or for Worse
While in a mall or some kind of store, I have often seen, out of the corner of my eye, a young child staring at me in my wheelchair. Sometimes, … Continue Reading What’s Wrong with Her?
I feel very brave posting this. Three and a half years of blogging here and I have been careful not to show pictures of myself straight on. In fact, you’ll … Continue Reading Brave
A few words about joy. Well, okay, more than a few… I used to think that Catholicism was very dour, celebrating solemnities (solemn celebrations?) bemoaning sin and life in this … Continue Reading Joyful
Between the 8th and 12th week after your life began, you had your own unique set of fingerprints! Yet another way to identify you as YOU. Of course, God doesn’t need any … Continue Reading Human In Utero – No Matter What
How intimate are you with your landscape? Finding the difference between pretty and beautiful when I took a surprising second look at one of my favorite works of art. Featuring works by Benson and Wyeth.
God loves what God creates – every person is beautiful in the eyes of God, both body and soul. What if we saw each other the way God sees us?
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
Last night, I was sick. Pain, throwing up… miserable. I won’t go into the details. What I will say is that being sick is even more difficult when you … Continue Reading Heroic Dads
My mother and father are not only good parents, they are excellent parents because they have been greatly tried and are continuing to be tried. Having a severely disabled and … Continue Reading My Mother
Living without the use of my arms is… well, odd. Because of my genetic muscle-wasting disease, there are things that I just can’t do anymore. So many doors closed. This … Continue Reading Making the Sign of the Cross