God in the Small Ways

The rain is steady outside my window. As it pitter pats, I sit here on the couch, retreating to my fuzzy slippers and fleece pullover. My 2yo daughter is to my right snuggled under a blanket. A steaming cup of coffee is to my left. Warmth fills my soul and God enters. Thank you, Lord, for the little times like these, the small ways you reach me when life seems to buckle under weightier things. It is often that I become distracted by the larger items in my day to day. They are the big things, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Easter with the Via Lucis

For Lent this year, I focused on teaching my kids the Stations of the Cross.  I didn't grow up in a Catholic family and only one of my children  is school age, so they haven't been exposed to the Way of the Cross very much.  I made Stations of the Cross eggs and bought Way of the Cross coloring books from our local Catholic Book store.  We did a station or two as a family after dinner each night for the last two weeks of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. Like many of you, now that the … [Read more...]

He is Risen!

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As Lent draws to a close, let’s remember that Easter is a season

My self control as I walked through the grocery store yesterday afternoon was remarkable. I was picking up a few things to round out the hearty dinner that we will have tonight before heading to the Princeton Chapel for Holy Thursday Mass. All around me, there were Easter desserts on display. Our grocery store has a gourmet bakery department and people must have been working hard because there are chocolate cakes shaped and decorated like eggs, there are bunnies covered in coconut and there … [Read more...]

Faith, politics and young adult literature

The Christian who seeks to live his faith through political action conceived as service, may not adhere, without going against his own beliefs, to ideological systems which oppose - radically or substantially - his Faith and his perception of man.  Therefore it is not licit to act in favor of the Marxist ideology with its atheistic materialism, its dialectic of violence, and the way in which that ideology understands individual freedom within collectivity.  This same ideology denies any … [Read more...]

Holy Week Begins ~ Sharing our Faith in Little Ways

It is Monday of Holy Week, and we are about to embark on the holiest and most special time of the year in our Faith.  I awoke this morning feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the obligations of Holy Week.  As I opened up my calendar and e-mail to make a plan, I had the most lovely note in my inbox. A little background first --yesterday, we attended a beautiful Palm Sunday procession and Mass at our Parish.  This year, our Pastor asked the First Communicants to bring a loaf of bread to the … [Read more...]

For the weekend: Practical Wisdom from Pope Francis

I am so grateful for the practical advice and wisdom that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, shares with us.  In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of God), starting with wisdom.  His full message can be found here.  Below is an excerpt that I found spoke right into the heart of my daily life as a wife and mother: "If we listen to the Holy Spirit, … [Read more...]

Daily Work of Mercy

  Occasionally, I am tempted to feel overwhelmed by all the needs and hurting in the world.  The overachiever in me sometimes feels restrained by the demands of daily, family life.   Really, can I do any good for the wider, broken world in the midst of meal prep, laundry loads, potty training and nap time?   In those moments, I need to settle my restless heart with a reminder from Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta: "Do ordinary things with extraordinary … [Read more...]

Dear Grieving Mothers ~

I had the honor of attending a memorial Mass today.  The precious firstborn son of a sweet couple in our Parish was laid to rest.  His birth was greatly anticipated.  His death was not.  Our Parish was full of loving friends and family.  Tears flowed freely as his tiny little casket was wheeled into the Church.  There should never, ever, be a need for a casket so small.  Death is hard enough, but the death of an innocent child is almost too much for anyone to bear.  And the tiny casket … [Read more...]

Filling Up Again

"When we spend time with God, we bring something with us for others, and that is supposed to decrease, to be lessened while it enriches others.  No water boy should complain that the bottles get empty when he goes down to the field. His job is to go back and fill them up again."  ~Dr. Edward Mulholland, Benedictine College This Lenten season, I have tried to spend more time with God in prayer.  I have been encouraged by an excellent book, Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe.  This … [Read more...]


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