Preparing for Peace

Preparing for Peace

As a working mother of four, I’ve had more than my share of annoying detours from peaceful living. Perhaps the most edifying detour, however, occurred a few years ago when my oldest daughter returned from a short trip with the…

The Creed

Journeying through the Creed

Recently, as I thought I was totally goofing off and reading some of my favorite blogs, I discovered something that’s already helping me in this Year of Faith: a series hosted by Melanie Bettinelli of The Wine Dark Sea, examining…

Weeding

Weeding

I live in the land of year-round yard work.  And sometimes it gets old. Last weekend the dead marigolds on one side and the weeds choking my rose bush on the other demanded attention.  First stop, Home Depot Garden Center. …

The Widow’s Mite

Readings for November 11, 2012: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time The time lag between the two widows in this Sunday’s readings was considerable.  Lots of things change in 800 years. But one thing their two societies had in common–they offered…

Making the Year of Faith More than Another To-Do

Making the Year of Faith More than Another To-Do

Most of us know the Latin phrase “Non quod non possis” as “You can’t give what you don’t have,” and we accept it as true. How often, though, do we attempt to deal with a full day’s schedule of work,…

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Readings for November 9, 2012: Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome As a rebellious teenager, I thought that Catholics should stop wasting their money on expensive churches.  We ought to sell them all and buy food…

New Evangelization 1999

New Evangelization 1999

Today, we welcome Christian LeBlanc to the New Evangelizers blogging team! I’m about two-thirds of the way through an interesting book, Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell. It’s a blueprint for kick-starting the New Evangelization at the parish level. When…

Science and the Church

Science and the Church

Bill Nye the Science Guy recently made news when he said that not teaching kids evolution is “harming” them. His exact words: “And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in…

Participating in Paschal Mystery

Participating in the Paschal Mystery

In this Year of Faith, as we work on our own faith, we’re being told to read the Catechism. I read the whole thing when I started college. Perhaps it was simply a grace that I never asked for, but…

A Chalice Full of Talents

A Chalice Full of Talents

Recently our deacon gave his homily on Matthew 24:14-30, the parable of the talents. He presented the talents as the presence and grace of God, given to us in different amounts. At the sign of peace I realized there weren’t…