“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The Baptism of Jesus is rich in symbolism and an indication of a God who loves us. As the epitome of fatherhood, God guides us toward becoming more than a follower but a true reflection of […]

For all the years Marshall’s continued his downward spiral into Alzheimer’s disease, he’s remained otherwise healthy. He’s had symptoms disruptive to daily living since at least 2004. That’s 15 years and counting. Today what he typically remembers of his past is jumbled, understands little of what’s happening in the present, and he needs assistance with […]

One of the greatest ways to strengthen our spirituality is by passing it on. We cannot share what we do not know is within us. In order to pass on our faith, we must recognize, name, honor, and cherish it. The practice forces us to have a clear understanding of our beliefs. We build on […]

Memorare, Angelus, Hail, Holy Queen, Sub tuum praesidium, and dozens of novenas. We have so many beautiful prayers to Mary, including, my favorite, the Hail Mary. That’s my go-to prayer. I pray Hail Marys throughout the day while working, walking, and of course, while praying the rosary. I even time my baking with Hail Marys. […]

Don’t you wonder what Christmas time was like for Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore and her sisters? No doubt, their home in the mid-1800s was not as warm and cozy as ours today. Nor was their table filled with the abundance most of us enjoy. The simpler time was less stressful in some ways and more challenging […]

“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have […]

“I am used to better things,” said the Beetle. “Do you call this place pretty? Why there is not even a dung heap.”  The beetle, in Hans Christian Andersen’s story by that name, may be an example of what Scripture calls an arrogant cynic (Proverbs 9:7-12, The Message version). Not only did the beetle believe […]

When we’re feeling like God isn’t listening, it’s good to remember that we’re the ones who aren’t paying attention. God is in everyone and everything, including us. God is definitely paying attention 24/7. Every now and then we run into someone who we feel so very comfortable with it’s like we’ve known them forever. I […]

Loving a spouse with dementia for decades comes with tremendous heartache. The treacherous path that must be tread requires steady, patient, and unstoppable footing as well as a thick skin. But through this journey, I’ve also gained some wisdom. Here are a few things I’ve learned from loving a spouse with Alzheimer’s: Faith, family, and […]

Mary spread the joy of the Lord before Jesus was even born. Scripture says that once Mary learned of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy, she traveled to the hill country in haste. Pregnant herself, and traveling on foot or by donkey, she rushed to her beloved cousin. Mary arrived at the house of Zechariah, and at […]