Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Choosing a Memory Care Home Sight-Unseen

We may be sheltering in place but Alzheimer’s disease is not holding still. It’s doing what it always does. It progresses. There is no cure for this disease. Symptoms may be somewhat controlled with medication and behavioral modification, but loved ones’ health conditions continue to decline. Should the symptoms become unmanageable from the loved one’s […]

Perfect Opportunity to Ponder

Contemplation is defined as deep reflective thought, to think profoundly about something. In a very busy life, there is little opportunity to contemplate on anything. God, a Higher Power, Mother Nature, the Universe, humanity – whoever or whatever is responsible for this haunting virus, sent us to our rooms to think about what we need […]

Shopping in an Apron Mask

Grocery shopping can be a time-consuming task, but I sure do miss running into a store to pick up exactly what I want when I want it. As advised by the CDC, I avoid going into the stores. Either a younger family member shops for me or I order from Instacart. The experience is mostly […]

The Road to Crucifixion

Following are photos from my pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Italy noting locations recognized as Stations of the Cross, events on Jesus’s path to his crucifixion. + + + We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Jesus is Condemned to Death 2. Jesus Carries […]

The Sacred Pit

After Jesus was scourged, he likely was held in a dungeon. Jerusalem marks a cave beneath the house of Ciaphas which may have been the one where Jesus was held. It’s thought that prisoners were lowered into dark, damp caves by ropes that were tied under their arms. The rope was long enough for prisoners […]

Holy Week Online

We are approaching a most unusual Holy Week in the U.S. Typically, many of us regular church-goers would spend an extra day if not Thursday, Friday, and Saturday or Sunday in church. This will not happen this year as most churches, including mine, are closed due to COVID-19. One of my favorite Masses is the […]

Peace is a Prayer Away

If you’re feeling stressed or worried, I have a solution that isn’t very difficult and will bring you peace. One thing I know that I can do for those I love in any circumstance is to pray for them. Whether we pray in our own words, the prayer Jesus taught us (The Our Father), by […]

COVID-19 Caregiving Challenges

In the best of times, caring for our loved ones with dementia can be stressful. Under the cloud of COVID-19, we can be pushed to our limits. In addition to the round the clock supervision and direction, we have the concerns about sanitation. Loved ones with dementia are typically messy in the bathroom and at […]

The Lord Be With You

Is there a better greeting than to wish one another for God to be with us? “The Lord be with you (Dominus vobiscum),” is an ancient greeting and blessing traced to the Vulgate (Latin translation) of Scripture from the verses of Ruth 2:4, 2 Chronicles 15:2, and 1 Samuel 17:37. More powerful is the greeting […]

One Year Later

Life goes on. Our loved ones pass and it’s a day, a week, a year. Before we know it, it’s 21 years since we last kissed their cheek, as it is with my mother. Our loved ones are frozen in time. We remember them just as we saw them last. But we keep growing older, […]