April 27, 2009

My husband and I are going to see Bruce Springsteen on May 12! I’m so excited; this is my graduation present. 🙂 I’ve been meaning to post this song for a while; it’s my all time favorite Bruce tune. I love it because it’s a song about longing for Heaven just as much as it’s a song about immigration.  Those of us who love God, long for Heaven. We want to KNOW God, to be in His presence, and finally… Read more

April 14, 2009

It was holy Saturday, about an hour and a half before the Easter Vigil. Earlier in the day husband and I had driven from Chicago to Notre Dame, to attend the Vigil Mass at the Basilica, and to spend Easter at Our Lady’s University, where both of us have many fond memories (he from law school and his conversion, me from the early days of our relationship).  We arrived at the Basilica 1.5 hours before the vigil Mass started, and… Read more

April 9, 2009

I don’t believe I’ll be posting during the Triduum, so I wanted to post some goodies for meditation and reflection during the next few days. May you and your families have a blessed Triduum and Easter!     Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of His flesh the mystery sing; of the Blood, all price exceeding, shed by our immortal King, destined, for the world’s redemption, from a noble womb to spring. Of a pure and spotless Virgin born for us on earth below, He, as Man,… Read more

April 3, 2009

The following is a sermon from the woman who has recently been named the dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, Rev.  Katherine Ragsdale. “Finally, the last sign I want to identify relates to my fellow clergy. Too often even those who support us can be heard talking about abortion as a tragedy. Let’s be very clear about this: When a woman finds herself pregnant due to violence and chooses an abortion, it is the violence that is the tragedy; the… Read more

April 3, 2009

1. This weekend is the first in a while (and for a while) when we do not have a lot going on. I am very excited! Tonight I am having Thai food (yummy and very vegetarian for Lent) with a friend I honestly haven’t really seen since the wedding (three months ago today!). I will have this: 2.  I have decided, after a life-long phobia of running, to give it a try.  I have several friends who are training for… Read more

April 3, 2009

Today marks four years since the death of Pope John Paul II, one of the most influential and pastoral figures of the twentieth century. I don’t have much to add, but here are some wonderful photos.       Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.  And let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  Amen.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,  through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Read more

March 31, 2009

As you know from previous posts, I have recently had a miscarriage of my first pregnancy. I am the type of person who processes the world around me by reading about what I am experiencing so I can learn as much as possible. In scouring libraries, bookstores, and the Internet, I have not been able to find a book that is by Catholic women, and for Catholic women, to tell our stories of loss, healing, and finding God’s grace in… Read more

March 27, 2009

1. This weekend I am attending a Mass I have worked in planning for several months. Through my internship at the Archdiocese, I have had the opportunity to plan a Mass for Christians and Refugees of Iraq. I am so excited about this event! It is being hosted by a local parish, and several Iraqi families who belong are participating in various readings, as altar servers, and there will be traditional instrumental middle eastern music (not unlike what would be… Read more

March 23, 2009

There are plenty of people who are angry, passionate, and filled with high-minded words of protest about the situation unfolding at Notre Dame regarding the news that President Obama will give the commencement address this year at the university. And most of that anger is justifiable, good, and will, I hope, prove fruitful. But I cannot join in this anger right now. I can only see it from the sidelines.  You see, I am too sad. I am not a… Read more

March 23, 2009

It has been just about three weeks since the day I took the positive pregnancy test which has led to the roller coaster of the past few weeks. I wore the same pair of sweatpants for four days. I cried…a lot. On Friday, as husband drove me home from the hospital, I felt empty. Literally, emotionally, spiritually.  Saturday I decided to “rejoin the human race”. We went to the Zoo, which was fun, distracting, and sad at the same time…. Read more

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