The Person Who Loves, No Matter What

Occasionally, one of my students would accidentally call me “Mom.”  This would not have been unusual, if I’d taught Kindergarten or first or second grade.  But I did not teach at an elementary school.  I taught at a university.  Inevitably, the student who had...

Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

“and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 5:5) I thought of this verse immediately when I was asked if we would do a reflection on a Bible verse that has to do with HOPE. This is the verse...

Marking Time: Numbers that Count

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu The past is never dead. It’s not even past. - William Faulkner   Have you ever found yourself pondering time? I...

CHANGE

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but building the new.”  - Socrates Have you ever experienced change?  Now you might think that is a silly question, because from the time of our birth to our death, change is inevitable.  It...

This is My Home, and These are My People

We are not two seagulls separated by 6 feet of water;  we are two seagulls connected by 6 feet of water.  - John Bell   There is no difference between healing your body and healing the Earth, or helping another to heal. It is all the same body.  - Alla Renee...

“Who Comes Before the Cross?”

We have reached Good Friday when we look upon the cross and venerate it as best we can during this time of the pandemic. A few years ago I wrote a litany that I share with you now.   Perhaps you can use it as you pray on this day.  I have added some phrases that speak...

Skin In The Game

The week ahead is, perhaps, the most emotional and turbulent one on the Catholic calendar.  I struggled for weeks trying to write something for my scheduled reflection.  It wasn’t the scriptural events of Holy Week that caused my stomach to churn, it was events in my...

HOLY TERROR

A few nights ago I was awakened by terrifying screams outside our bedroom window.  My husband and I live in the country surrounded by a small patch of woods, so I knew it wasn’t a human scream.  I rushed to the window but couldn’t see anything at first.  After the...

Spiritual Spring

At this time on the calendar, we look for signs of spring.  The weather and our climate pay little attention to a date on the calendar.  But we hope.  What do we mean by “spring?”  Warmer weather, less or no snow, eventually the first flowers, crocuses poking through...

Puzzle Perspectives

We each have our favorite ways of relaxing, escaping tedium, and bringing our fragmented self together.  If we hadn’t before, we certainly have discovered our preferred ways during this pandemic. We jigsaw puzzle people find refreshment and renewal in bringing several...

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