April 16, 2021

I wrote the title before I wrote the piece, and didn’t know quite what it meant except that there’s a tremendous amount of discussion online and at committees and with speakers and religious directors, laity, Catholic media and people who know such things about the reality of our church as a religious organization, and the absence of people from the pews.  We have been scattered, by sin, by scandal, by Covid, by fealty to whatever part of Catholic teaching one… Read more

April 13, 2021

She is preparing for confirmation this year. Thirteen years ago…She was born on Friday the 13th. We weren’t expecting to have a daughter in our hands for another three weeks. But then, we weren’t expecting an emergency c-section either. I didn’t know I’d even had her until they whisked her by in a blanket, all cleaned up and capped. It all seemed so unreal. One minute we were hooked up to the IV and getting that drip that makes contractions… Read more

April 11, 2021

Saint Therese of Lisieux talks about becoming like a little child to become a saint, with the wisdom, “God wouldn’t inspire us with ambitions that can’t be realized.” jumping out at me because I’d been asking, why did I take on this project of a devotional with the Doctors of the Church.   I’d also seen in a Facebook feed the quote, “Today, do what love demands.” attributed to her.  I did a quick google search but did not find this… Read more

April 9, 2021

We’ve been watching old movies and I’ve discovered, movies I loved, now feel dull, and I wonder at how charmed I was then. For instance (unpopular Catholic blog opinion time), I loved, loved, loved, loved Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Ring series.  We watched it over and over again. We watched it with the extended versions and in some cases, with elvish subtitles.  Now, I found myself distracted, some how unable to quite see why I found it so engrossing… Read more

April 5, 2021

We’ve completed the Holiest week, the high week of our faith, and now we have these eight days to celebrate the Easter Octave…but how? WE’VE HAD A PLAN FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS, NOW, WHAT DO WE DO? We’ve spent fourty days (more or less), wrestling with our Lenten promises and discovering (at least in my case), my will is weaker than my flesh, and my flesh, likes fighting more than my will does.   Easter came and is, and I… Read more

April 2, 2021

Today, the tabernacle is bare. Today, we are the presence of our Lord’s body wounded yet whole, crucified and ressurected, but not yet fully because we have not yet fully participated in that passion. Today we know something of how hollow this world can make itself.   Today we’re reminded, we’re not made for here, we’re made for forever. It’s why the hint of not forever that is death, is so jarring to our hearts.  It makes no sense to the… Read more

March 30, 2021

My sister wrote this, and when I read it, I felt the fullness of the prayer in the story, and of the heart.  I asked if I could share it and she agreed. Today is the three year anniversary of the day I prayed like Abraham. Natalie had been in and out of the hospital for asthma, fevers, and neutropenia. I rushed her to Texas Children’s ER around noon on Good Friday of 2018 when she could no longer stand… Read more

March 28, 2021

What do you want Mom? They ask this question around Mother’s day, Christmas and my birthday. I’ve learned…they don’t really want to know. Perhaps having ten children, I’ve been skewed so beyond normal that my wants remain too outside standard deviations to be tolerated, or perhaps, to survive having ten children, I’ve learned what I need to want to thrive. For the curious and for my children in case they want proof in writing about my personal quirky wants for… Read more

March 25, 2021

Today my son turns 28, and it will be his second birthday during a pandemic. It’s hard to gin up the energy one would want to celebrate, when this past year has been one of waiting for something that has yet to fully happen. I suggested we redshirt everyone and put a 27 on the cake. He didn’t go for it. However, I decided it was a good idea to think back over the past year, and consider all the… Read more

March 21, 2021

I OUGHT TO KNOW BY NOW, THE PREMISE ALONE DOOMED ME… To make life easy on a Thursday, I brought home two quarts of gumbo and a pound of brisket for dinner. A phone call took me from the kitchen and when I returned, two of my sons asked, “What are the rest of you having?” Scrambling eggs for some and making some pasta and meatballs for those left behind, one child begged for frozen waffles. A toasted makeshift eggo… Read more




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