Two Advent Journeys

We are a small group of women who made a commitment to one another to journey together through the first three weeks of Advent, taking time out of our busy schedules and over-crowded calendars to find a sense of peace and meaning together.  We responded to a call to...

From Darkness to Light

As Wisconsinites, we live much of December in more darkness than light.  With the actual beginning of winter, the hours of daylight increase. These days in December coincide with our celebration of the liturgical season of Advent.  When I walked with a friend in the...

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Hearts full of feeling, Tongues short of words, We come with bowed heads To eat pies and birds. “Thanks,” we whisper in mumbled tones, Humble joy bubbling inside, Knowing well in our bones Less is what we deserve. Yet the Lord doesn’t ask, He who came to...

Thank God!

Martin Rinkart was a German Lutheran deacon during the time of the Thirty years war and a plague that swept through Central Europe.  During this terrible time in history he buried five thousand of his parishioners and wrote a song that we often sing: “Now Thank we all...

Honoring ALL of our Ancestors

In gratitude, I bow to all generations of my blood ancestors. In gratitude, I bow to all generations of my spiritual ancestors. 5 Earth Touchings of Thich Nhat Hahn   Now the dead move through all of us still glowing… What has been plaited cannot be unplaited…...

Listening Into Love

It was September when I was reading Mark Nepo’s sensitive, insightful book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.  What a wonderful time of year to attempt to listen in a more intentional way.  Listening, I heard the breeze blow through the leaves, the leaves ripple as they...

For All The Saints

I’m not actually a procrastinator.  Even still, I generally find that my Friday e-blast reflections are rarely completed until… well, later than I would like. Although the deadline for each reflection is always clearly marked on my calendar, the actual writing,...

The Francis I Didn’t Know

If you are a convert to Catholicism as I am, you likely pay attention to how frequently certain Saints’ names are mentioned by others and also at Mass. Therese, (the little flower), John Vianney, Don Bosco, and even new saints like Kateri Tekakwitha and Brother Andre...

No Matter What

I confess.  I am a TV junkie.  I spend a large part of my free time watching television programs.  Recently I started re-watching The Waltons, a 1970’s series about a depression-era family living in rural Virginia.  I admit when I watched it as a teenager and young...

A Pilgrimage

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see [God’s] invisible qualities – [God’s] eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”           (Romans 1:20, New...

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