Category Family

Comforting the Lonely

Remember those busy days when our families were young and on the move? People surrounded us. In addition to our friends and family, the parents of our children’s friends, neighbors, church ministries, and coworkers filled our lives. How often we wished back then for a quiet moment. As that wish becomes a reality, we can […]

Serving One Another with the Legion of Mary

Grieving our life’s pain with Mary blooms into something beautiful when we transform our heartache into works of love, prayer, and charity. A wide variety of Marian organizations offers such opportunities in which to participate. From daily prayers to feeding the hungry, we can align ourselves with groups that fit our abilities and time constraints. […]

All for the Lord

Saint Theodora said that we don’t need to do anything special to become saints as long as we do everything for the love of the Lord. Pope Francis noted this in a similar way in his latest apostolic letter. Until recently, the causes for sainthood in the Catholic Church included: 1. martyrdom, 2. having lived […]

She Wished Me Courage

One of the last words of guidance my friend and mentor, Sister Alexa, shared with me was to be courageous. At the time, I didn’t fully understand in what regards she was referring. Was she thinking about the endless decisions I need to make caring for my husband, career moves, my writings, or my health […]

The Sad Part of Happy Events

A group of friends recently gathered to present a magic show at the memory community in which Marshall resides. These dear friends donated time and talent to honor Marshall and bring magic and laughter to the residents, staff, and family members. The hour-long show was packed with laughter and surprise. The residents in this community are at […]

Lean on Loved Ones

One of the most challenging aspects of grief is its unpredictability. We often are caught off-guard by its appearance and return. We think we are on the road to recovery. We think we are healing, or maybe even fully healed. And then it strikes again. A song, scent, or something visual can be a trigger […]

Life-Long Benefits of Education

Statistics consistently show a correlation between education and salary. The more education we can attain, the more likely our earnings increase. Numerous well-educated individuals are underemployed today, but there’s no denying that education enriches our resume and increases our appeal to potential employees. It widens the scope of opportunity and allows significantly more choices than […]