Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Honoring Mary, Our Blessed Mother

One of Jesus’ many gifts to us was in sharing his mother. Mary is our most perfect example of discipleship. If you call on her, she surrounds you with motherly love and carries our prayers to her son. Our Blessed Mother knows that nothing is more important for us than our relationship with her son. […]

In the End, Will You Remember God?

If your faith is solid, will it carry you through your life even if you develop dementia? I believe it is possible. Your faith may even grow stronger. My husband, Marshall, was a believer raised in a devout family, but, from my observation, he did little to build on his spiritual foundation. He rarely went […]

God is Love

Music and art are effective teachers. We absorb the words to songs and images that touch us emotionally. Earliest teachings were taught in this way. Christians learned about the Lord and Jesus’ gift of salvation through hymns, paintings, and sculptures in the Church. One of my favorite hymns heard in my church during the 1970s […]

Forgive Yourself

“Everything is clearer in retrospect. You know what or how you could have done something better when looking back. Things are not so clear or easy when you are under pressure to care for your loved one 24/7. Your responsibilities are great, and you often must perform your duties without proper rest or assistance. Most […]

Celtic Cross and God’s Everlasting Love

As with much of Irish symbolism, the Celtic cross is rich in legend. Ancient roots are clouded, resulting in some guesswork to its exact origin. The Celtic cross is the Latin cross with a circle of light intersecting it. It is also known as the Irish cross or cross of Iona. These crosses may be […]

Underground Ancient Symbols of Faith

The ancient city of Rome was home to an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants at its height in AD 117. And where there is life, there also is death–and the need to bury the deceased. During the first century, most Christians buried their dead in public cemeteries. After the middle of the second century, […]

Pray It to Pieces

Beads, chains, center pieces, and crosses. Serious rosary pray-ers have a collection of broken rosaries and rosary pieces. Inexpensive strings of beads are not well constructed and don’t hold up for long. If we use these rosaries, beads eventually become disconnected. My favorite devotion is to pray the rosary. It’s calming, allows me to escape […]

Part of The Whole

If we didn’t realize it before, the COVID-19 pandemic enlightened us to our global interdependence. Shortages of supplies, travel restrictions, and the rapid and continuous spread of the virus highlighted how interconnected and dependent we are on one another. Last spring American’s experienced shortages of supplies for the first time in generations. Complete products, as […]

When Life is Prayer

When is the best time to pray? Always. When we get into the practice of talking to God, Mary, the saints, or our angels all day long, we find it becomes an essential and integrated way of life. This past year has raised the bar on reasons to pray. Family members, friends, neighbors, our country, […]

Price of Protection from COVID in Memory Care Facilities

Under the best of circumstances, overseeing care of loved ones in a memory care home is emotionally draining. Our loved ones’ care is beyond what we alone can provide. They require a team, and that is what they are getting in their care facilities, along with our love and attention. Yet, it’s difficult to witness […]