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First Wednesday of Advent

“The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces” – Isaiah 25:8 Advent has just begun and I am suffering. Suffering from an illness that seemed to come out of nowhere. It has really knocked me down and out. The love and care of my husband has kept me from despair. The cards and prayers… Read More ›

It Has Been A Long Time

Well, it has been a long time. A year. There are lots of reasons for my lack of updates and reflections. But they would only bore you. So I won’t go there. Except to say that I hope I am back. And I hope you will still want to read what I write. After all… Read More ›

Baby Steps

It has been ages since I last wrote a reflection or a meditation for either of my websites. There are many reasons for this, but they all point to one fact – too busy. It isn’t really a good reason, but it is all I’ve got. Stress and sorrow and busyness have filled my days… Read More ›

Love Forever and Two Days

Sometimes words are just not enough to express our feelings. We struggle to find the right ones and they are just not there. That is true even in our prayer life. Often “we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” (Romans 8:26) Sometimes we fumble… Read More ›

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion

I am pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a book called The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. It is a devotional published by Ave Maria Press with daily reflections from over 80 contributors from, including well known authors such as Lisa Hendey (founder of, Sarah Reinhard, Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Scalia. And lesser… Read More ›

Love Each Other Through the Pain

I was wondering how to say it. I wanted to be clear and concise. I wanted to express my feelings about Orlando. But I couldn’t find the words. Orlando. The city that was once just a sleepy town. Innocent lives lost. And no answer to that question we all ask. Why? I do not want… Read More ›

Aging Gracefully

Getting old is not for wimps. Or so they say. My knee gave out on me last week. The pain was excruciating. However, a few days with rest and ice, it improved a lot. But it didn’t go away. Tests are still pending. It is very interesting to find myself looking at the world through… Read More ›

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday. Did it seem to come faster this year? I do not feel prepared. I have not contemplated my plan for this Lenten season yet. Maybe there should be no plan. Maybe I should just wing it. I do not even have a book ready to read yet. I need to get started. I… Read More ›

A Christmas Gift

My mother is a deaconess in her Protestant church. She is also the organist. It is a very small congregation in a small church in a small New England town. Mom had been busier than usual this past advent. She was always running around, trying to do so much for so many. She was pretty… Read More ›

No Ordinary Gift

It was a spur of the moment decision. I received an email from the USCCB selling a commemorative t-shirt of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States last September. Thinking my husband, Rich, would like it, I ordered one a couple of months before Christmas and requested that it be delivered to my office so… Read More ›

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion

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