What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

A name is often the first thing we learn about someone we meet, and often the first thing we share with them about ourselves.  A name can be more than just our identity. We can be protective of our “good name”. For some who are married, their name can proclaim their...
In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

was the land – rich, fertile land.  The land was warmed by the sun and refreshed by the waters of the Rib River, the rains of summer and the snow of winter.   The land teemed with a variety of trees, flowers and other plant life that invited deer, birds,...

Power of Prayer

“Did you say your prayers?”  These are the words my mother spoke to me almost daily at bedtime.  Little did I know how much those simple words limited my understanding of prayer.  As a child, bedtime prayer was a repetitious recitation of “Now I lay me down to sleep”...
A Summer’s Dream

A Summer’s Dream

At the beginning of this beautiful summer day I want to hold the morning close, like a little child with all its freshness and sweetness, before the world encroaches to steal away its precious innocence. I want to shelter and protect the birds, the apple trees, the...
God Blesses the World

God Blesses the World

The words slip so quickly off the tongue, “God Bless America.”  It is a song that is sung during this time of year when we celebrate our independence.  It is sung at patriotic gatherings and often closes our Eucharistic celebrations during this season of the year.  It...
And with fear and trembling stand

And with fear and trembling stand

Last fall, I had the privilege of spending two nights as a guest at St. Rose Convent, the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Both nights, I kept vigil with the sisters in the adoration chapel during the waning hours...