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, He t … [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 lo … [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 is like a … [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 CollegeThis 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 extra pr … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning of the Heart and Home

Whether or not the weather will cooperate, I am beginning to catch the spring cleaning bug around here.  It started the other day when my dear husband arrived home and pronounced that our house was "dirty and falling apart". ;) You can imagine I initially took a bit of defense to his claims.  This is my terrain, excuse me, and I work hard to keep it a nice place for our family to live. All it took was me stepping back and surveying the scene, though, to see everything for what it really was--a h … [Read more...]

Winter’s Last Punch

My morning view.  Those poles are for our batting cage, sans net, because, well, you can't play baseball in this weather.  I am hoping that net will go up next week.

As I cleaned my yard and raked dead leaves and sticks out of my bushes on Saturday, I tried to ignore a warning that we were in for another storm.  More snow, my neighbors shared, shaking their heads and lamenting the worst winter they can ever remember.It was nearly 60 degrees on Saturday, with a beautiful warm sunshine.  There were crocuses sprouting up throughout my yard.  Those little purple flowers always give me such hope.  Spring is nearly here, they say, and I believe the … [Read more...]

One Week In — Checking my Lenten Progress

We've been hearing from so many people that they prefer to add something for Lent, that "giving something up" "misses the point."  The truth is, I think that it is easy to miss the point whether you add or subtract during Lent, because the point is to be INTENTIONAL in a SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE.  As we proceed through Lent, checking our intention can help to make sure that whatever we do is truly meaningful.Here are my reflections on a few of my Lenten plans:40 bags in 40 days -- is it L … [Read more...]

From Lenten Past

From our BC archives, here is a piece I wrote in 2010:"As Fat Tuesday drew to a close this year, I could not deny the overwhelming sense of gloom I felt. The next day was Ash Wednesday and with it meant forty long days of suffering. Really long ones.   It hasn't been easy living through Ash Wednesdays and Lenten seasons of the past. During my first as a mother, my child was 4 days old and a month premature. We had just been delivered the glowing "suitcase" for his jaundice and were re … [Read more...]

Welcoming Lent

Dear ones, Lent is upon us. It is time to set aside the Ordinary Time of winter and embrace the beauty and simplicity of the Lenten season. Did she really just refer to Lent as beautiful?? I did. Naturally, I will have plenty of groan-worthy moments during Lent. We all will. Lent is beautiful, but not because of it’s glitz and glamour; not because of an ease with which we perfectly perform. Lent is beautiful because it is an opportunity to cast off the sin that so easily entangles us, embrace G … [Read more...]

Literally

A few weeks ago, I was trying to explain to my son that I try to give all of my children what they need, even though they don't get everything the same, so what I view as "fair" might not look fair to them. There are even times when things are totally "unfair" because I need other kids to sacrifice in order to provide a special situation for one child at one time, but that it will all even out eventually, hopefully. This was a hard conversation, so I went into metaphor mode. I told him that … [Read more...]


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