My Husband: An Appreciation

I wrote this in April of '08 about my husband, but every word is still true. As we take off for a weekend of togetherness, I want to tell you, again, what a wonderful man God has gifted me with, though I do not deserve him:I don't write much about my husband because he's a private fella; now and again I'll relate a period of puzzlement he may express regarding our children or the books that disturb his sleep, or some recipe-gone-wrong. I think once I referred to him as a "swell egg."But … [Read more...]

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A prayer for the day…

A reader emailed trying to find this intercessory prayer and I thought I'd repost it, for any interested, since these do seem like days in need of prayer, don't they? It is a prayer of supplication for the good of others, and for ourselves, that I wrote while describing my prayer before the Blessed Sacrament:The prayer was long because where I could, I prayed everyone by name - but even if I could not do that, I still brought it all forward. I felt so ragged and unworthy - like a slave, or … [Read more...]

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You make plans; God laughs

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *This was part of that retreat, "PLANNING BRINGS CHANGE"Last Advent, at one Sunday Mass, the gospel reading was from Matthew 3:12In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea (and) saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven … [Read more...]

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Assumption of the Virgin (Repost)

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online RetreatThis post was part of that retreat* * *Today is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most contentious bits of Catholic teaching among their non-Catholic brethren. This morning's meditation - a little late (sorry) for reasons I will … [Read more...]

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Husband cracks me up

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *From April, 2009: AMUSING HUSBANDMy husband came home from work today at 5 P.M.This is something he has not done in our 26.5 years together, so understandably, I was concerned; he immediately began rummaging the kitchen for dark chocolate, which is his one … [Read more...]

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"POOF" – Shroud of Turin

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *This piece was originally part of that retreat and the 3PM "Wonder" hour, for this date, too.The Shroud of Turin is a most interesting artifact. Whether or not it is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth is perhaps unprovable at this time. There is a lot … [Read more...]

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Benedict; Shepherd Who is Led

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *Originally posted April 2008 for Pajamas Media: BENEDICT, THE SHEPHERD WHO IS LED[Jesus] said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you kno … [Read more...]

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"Not believing; even worse."

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *Originally published April 2009 - "NOT BELIEVING IS EVEN WORSE"So, yesterday I was off in Brooklyn again, for another coupla episodes of In the Arena, and as usual the good folks at NET had arranged a car for the ten minute drive from mass transportation to … [Read more...]

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Baggage Handled by Grace

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *Originally posted, April 2009: GRACE, THE BAGGAGE HANDLERI love this simple definition of grace from Dom Augustin Guillerand, O. Cart, a French Carthusian.This is the secret of peace, after committing a fault. What is past is past. And if we accept the … [Read more...]

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Faith & Quantum Mechanics of a Cup of Coffee

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *This was originally part of that online retreat, one of my 3PM "Wonder" hours.As this retreat is roughly following the Hours of the Divine Office (very roughly) we're seeing posts at 9AM, the Noon, 3PM, 6PM and so forth.3PM is, of course, the hour in which the … [Read more...]

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