Whenever Labor Day comes around, I always think of my time as a Poster Child for my local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which then leads me to think … Continue Reading A Nation of Hope
I thought I knew what it meant to be Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: I would follow certain guidelines and grow holier and more joyful. Well… I confess … Continue Reading What Is My Purpose?
At my desk, I have a framed reminder of the Heart of Reality, the soul of who I am: self-giving love. This reminder is a drawn image of the Sacred … Continue Reading What Am I Doing with My Life?
It seems like a bit of irony to write about humility around the Fourth of July, when my nation celebrates freedom and independence with great pride. Then again, Independence Day … Continue Reading Humility: Setting the Tone
I’m about to share something very personal. (And I’m a bit scared. Though I hear, “Be not afraid.”) Last Sunday, at the Mass celebrating The Epiphany of Our Lord, while … Continue Reading So Tender and Mild
As we commemorate the “advent,” the coming of God among us, let us reflect with joy and profound wonder on what this coming means — what it means for the … Continue Reading Christ Is Fully Human: Sense
As we enter into the rhythm of the Advent season, let us consider the reasons that we are decorating, cooking, and preparing for great celebration: the coming of God in … Continue Reading Christ Is Fully Human: Heart
Recently, I was telling my friend that I have difficulty “hearing” God when I pray. Often finding it difficult to make decisions in my life, I will turn to God … Continue Reading Answered Prayers
When I was invited to write a post for my friends at Agnellus’ Mirror, I had no idea that God would give me the opportunity to put my money where … Continue Reading Careful What You Pray for
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 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
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