This prayer says it all. We caregivers of faith pray. We pray when we get up in the morning, all day long, and throughout the restless nights. We pray for our loved one and our much-needed strength, courage, and patience. We couldn’t get through the day without knowing God is with us, guiding us, and providing […]

My mother, Patricia (Patsy) McCarthy Doyle, would be 90 years old today. Imagining her at this age is difficult for me. She died at the age of 70 in 1999. When I was young, I didn’t understand why people would mourn their loved ones decades after their deaths. I get it now. No matter how […]

“By baptism, all Christians are called to be saints. We are all to live our life in such a way that gives glory to God. Saints are people who are in heaven after living a life of charity and goodness. The Church recognizes some saints as such, but everyone’s life goal should be to strive […]

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And so would Mary. We have our favorite titles for Mary, but we also know that whether she is referred to as Our Lady of Mercy or Queen of Angels, she is one in the same. Mary is the mother of Jesus and our holy […]

Mentors surround me. I’m so very fortunate to have an extensive range of people I can go to for guidance on everything from home repair to relationship issues. If I can’t meet with these mentors in person, contacting them by phone, Facetime, email, or text often works just as well. And I have another source […]

My husband, Marshall, was very generous when he was working. He treated family and friends often. But when he no longer worked, he cut back considerably. Despite the early signs of dementia, he understood that our financial situation drastically changed. We couldn’t spend on ourselves or our loved ones as we had for decades. Every […]

  The state of Illinois finally got something right. It issued a license plate to help promote awareness of the urgent need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Illinois is the first and only state to have a specialty license plate supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and it’s now available to Illinois residents. The exposure of […]

Is it possible to accept something that it is the stuff of nightmares? The ultimate goal of grieving is to do just that. We come to accept the reality of a situation. However, this does not mean we like it.   Depending on what is lost, how dear it is to us, and the events […]

To most of my classmates at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic elementary school in Chicago, our teachers, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were quite mysterious. Except for their face and hands, the sisters remained hidden behind an outfit known as a habit and they all lived together in a special […]

The dense crowd made it difficult to navigate to the elevator. Finally there, we rode down packed in like sardines. The doors opened, and we flooded out into another mass of humanity. Somehow, I’d let go of Marshall’s hand and couldn’t find him anywhere. I frantically dove through the crowd calling his name. I awoke […]