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Save It for Those Who Listen

“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 […]

The Alzheimer’s Teacher

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 […]

Show and Tell About Jesus

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 […]

Bless God

“Our Sisters are well fed, well clothed, and even well lodged: do you not think we ought to bless God?” Saint Theodora, fondly known in the U. S. as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, wrote this question in one of her many letters. She was grateful for all God provided and accepted what God did not. […]

Saints for Health

Do you have a headache? Call on St. Teresa of Avilla. Do you have stomach issues? Call on either St Timothy or St Elmo. God is the ultimate healer. Scripture offers examples of God’s healings throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Such healings are otherwise unexplainable and truly miraculous. In addition to praying to our […]

When God Asks, How Do You Answer?

It’s not unusual for people to claim to see angels. But imagine that not only did an angel appear to you, but that angel told you not to be afraid. You were a favorite of God, and because of this, you were going to conceive a child before being married—in a time when such a […]

Your Perfect Prayers

“There are many ways to show devotion, many ways to pray. Your journey to Mary is as individual as you are. There are no rules when praying to her. No one way is better than another. Mary listens to all prayers, whether they are crude or refined, simple or elaborate, silent or aloud. You can […]

Estrogen and Dementia

Statistics tell us that 2/3 of the people with Alzheimer’s are women. The basic answer as to why this might be so is that women live longer than men so there are more older women to develop the disease. Researchers have always known this may be partly correct, but there definitely is more to this […]

Keeping on Our Feet

Trip in public and we can’t help but laugh—or get laughed at. We’re embarrassed to be knocked off our feet, and for some reason, we also find it funny when we aren’t the one going down. But the older we get, the less funny those falls are, especially when they result in serious injury. I’m […]

Happy St Theodora/Mother Theodore Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guérin. Known by both names, this incredible woman was a pioneer on the American frontier, evangelist, teacher, visionary, mentor, caregiver to the sick and poor, leader, and founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods religious community and the college known as St. Mary-of-the-Woods. […]