Category Faith

October, the Month of the Rosary

With the transition to autumn comes pumpkin spice, falling leaves, cool evenings—and the rosary. The entire month of October is dedicated to the rosary and October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In addition, on October 13, 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children and said she was the Lady of […]

Riches to Rags

One of the gifts of going on a pilgrimage is that you never know what will move you spiritually. You can anticipate significant sites being meaningful and memorable, but others impact you in surprising ways. The tomb of St Francis in the Papal Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy was one such site on […]

God’s Kingdom Here and Now

If the current demand for social justice makes us uncomfortable, we might ask why that is so. Perhaps we recognize that we are not truly striving for equality, peace, and compassion for all of our brothers and sisters? We aren’t being as thoughtful and considerate of others as we should be. Social media and consumerism […]

First Place Award for The Alzheimer’s Spouse

Whether fiction or nonfiction, quality books require diligent research, experience, wisdom, imagination, and years, if not decades, of time. From concept through publication and on through marketing, books are the offspring of authors. We live and breathe them. Most books have a life, a period of time in which they are relevant and of interest […]

Angels to Guard You Wherever You Go

“It seemed to her that the waves nodded strangely. She took her red shoes, her dearest possession, and threw them both into the river; but they fell close to the shore, and the little wavelets brought them back to the land to her. It seemed as if the river would not take from her the […]

Why We Suffer

“Grieving triggers a range of spiritual questions. We ask why ‘this’ happened to us. Why did it happen now? We want to know why we must endure such anguish and how long must we suffer. When our security is threatened, it’s not unusual to begin a dance with God. We bargain that we will do […]

Small but Mighty Mustard Seed

We say we believe, we trust the Lord to care for us and our needs. And then life gives us a reality check. We find that trust becomes so much more difficult when we are challenged. We lose a meaningful job, beautiful home, or more painfully, a loved one, and that measure of faith quickly […]

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 […]

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 […]