April 18, 2019

One night when I was in my 20s and living in an apartment with my sister, there was a knock on the door.  A mysterious woman stood there, selling an assortment of religious prints.  I gave her a few dollars for an image of Jesus in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. I believe it was providence. Little did I know that the image was a foreshadowing of one of the most devastatingly difficult times of my life.  Like some… Read more

April 16, 2019

The Betrayal of Judas In John’s gospel today, the scene is set for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.  After Jesus demonstrates his love and humility by washing the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, he declares, “But so that the scriptures might be fulfilled, ‘The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.’…Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (Jn. 13:18,21) The disciples are bewildered and Peter signals John to find out who… Read more

April 14, 2019

My daughter and I drove south to Dauphin Island yesterday to meet friends on the beach.  We crossed the lengthy bridge over the water that surrounds the island on all sides, isolating it from the mainland.  Time to withdraw and reflect for a few hours.  We were able to sit quietly and listen to the soft waves wash ashore, feel the salty breeze and the stinging sand against our legs, and inhale the fresh Gulf of Mexico air blustering in… Read more

April 13, 2019

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recently addressed the crisis of sexual abuse in an essay which he intends to assist the Church in its dealing with the fallout of the scandal. Although his ideas about the issue differ from Pope Francis,’ he does not overtly contradict the Holy Father; rather, his commentary and recommendations add an additional perspective to the current viewpoint.  The pope emeritus says he contacted the Holy Father himself before publishing his text. To begin, he assigns responsibility… Read more

April 11, 2019

“You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.” These are the comforting words from the Opening Prayer for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  When you think of an ocean, you picture a vast, wide, and deep body of water extending as far as the eye can see in every direction.  We know that God’s love is so much bigger and all-encompassing even than that.  He… Read more

April 10, 2019

My husband and I were out in the back yard enjoying the cool, breezy, unpredictable South Alabama spring weather the other day. He had a good blaze going in the fire pit and the smell of smoldering branches was in the air. The last few dry, brown leaves lingering in the trees drifted to the ground, unfettered by the gentle breeze. Watching the leaves fall to the ground reminded me of the brevity of life and how important it is… Read more

April 6, 2019

My family made the two-hour drive to New Orleans today for an afternoon in the French Quarter. We had a wonderful lunch of steamed and fried Louisiana seafood – a fare that we dearly miss enjoying on a regular basis as we did before we moved away from the state. Balcony seating made the experience truly rich, watching the cargo ships steaming by on the Mississippi and hearing the French Market jazz music wafting over from across the street. The… Read more

April 4, 2019

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com If you could summarize the gospel in one word, it would be LOVE. “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34) To love requires forgiveness when we are hurt by others. Jesus forgiving his executioners from the Cross is the ultimate example of mercy and forgiveness. If you’ve ever been truly hurt or betrayed, you know how difficult it can… Read more

April 3, 2019

With the stress of school and standardized tests this week, our girls have been asking for an ice cream run, which we finally went on this evening. Their anticipation was rewarded with double scoops of S’mores and Peeps (yes, you heard right… ’tis the season!) ice cream from Cammie’s Old Dutch tonight. Think of a time when you were really looking forward to something – a vacation, a promotion, a party – and recall the excitement and anticipation you felt…. Read more

April 3, 2019

Photo by Designecologist on Pexels.com Meticulously manicured lawns, flawless makeup, perfect Instagram pictures… not bad things in themselves. What do they all have in common? They are all things we use to create an attractive image of ourselves. They are attractively-wrapped packages for the product that is “me.” In today’s world, pervaded by the internet and social media, we utilize external and visual means to draw others to ourselves to try and create meaning and meaningful relationships. We’ve become obsessed… Read more

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