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Baptized with the Spirit

“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 […]

The Magician’s Escape Plan

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 […]

Simpler, Yet Demanding Time

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 […]

The King’s Birth

“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 […]

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 […]