Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Glory to the Trinity

“The Glory Be is what is known as a doxology (a short prayer which praises God). All glory at all times belongs to the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and Glod the Holy Spirit). Sometimes the Glory Be is referred to as a lesser doxology. The Gloria said during liturgy is referred to […]

Misplaced Desires

“He looked at her, and she looked at him, but no words passed between them.” Of course, they shared no words. Both the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Dancing Ballerina were inanimate. One was made of tin, the other paper. The relationship between Hans Christian Andersen’s Steadfast Tin Soldier from the story by that name and the […]

Visiting with Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

A visit with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can feel like an eternity. We are accustomed to moving quickly in this fast-paced world of ours. However, communication with our loved one is now limited and repetitive. Activities are slow and basic. And a little bit goes a long way. Some thought prior to the visit can […]

Renewing Our Baptismal Commitment

Since the earliest times of the Church, members prepared for Easter with some form of sacrifice or devotion. Traditions varied greatly, however, by 461, Pope St. Leo preached prayer and fasting during the 40-day period of Lent. The purpose of Lenten observances is the renewal of our baptism. Fasting and sacrifice assist us with our conversion […]

Clutter Confusion

The longer we live in one location, the more we tend to fill it. We can’t help ourselves from collecting. Before we know it, we’re surrounded by items we do not use or even want anymore. Closets, sheds, basements, attics, garages, and storage units are filled to capacity. All that clutter can cause distraction, agitation, […]

Denial: A Step Towards Healing

We can only imagine how sad Mary must have felt standing at the foot of the cross. Witnessing her beloved son, Jesus, being scourged, crucified, and dying, had to be excruciatingly agonizing. Nothing hurts a mother more than her child’s pain. Four of the Seven Sorrows of Mary focuses on the Passion. The Seven Sorrows […]

Hungry in America

One of the first members of clergy Saint Theodora met upon arriving in Indiana in 1840 was a young priest, about the age of 28, who was dressed in rags. “So Extreme was his poverty and so complete his destitution, that I shall run the risk of being accused of exaggeration in describing it,” said […]