Category Family

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 […]

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 […]

Fighting for a Future Without Alzheimer’s

The last few weeks have been all about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walks. I’ve been raising funds, briefly spoke at the walk in Naperville, Illinois last weekend, and am participating in the Fox Valley Walk this coming weekend. My fundraising efforts have been entirely online. Work and family responsibilities fill my days leaving me with no […]

Pray for the Victims and Our Church

Perhaps like me, you thought our beloved Church fully investigated, resolved, and disclosed abuse cases to the best of its ability. We hoped this horrific period was behind us. We have learned otherwise. The number of people victimized by entrusted Church leaders either first-hand or through the protection of predators has astounded, disheartened, and embarrassed […]

When Reading and Writing is Difficult

Hans Christian Andersen’s writing style was unique for the time. Interestingly, Andersen is believed to have had dyslexia which caused considerable challenges in school especially when it came to spelling. Unfortunately, his school days were not happy ones. He lived in a time with little understanding of the fact that not everyone learns in the […]

A Caregiver’s Prayer

This prayer says it all. We caregivers of faith pray. We pray when we get up in the morning, all day long, and throughout the restless nights. We pray for our loved one and our much-needed strength, courage, and patience. We couldn’t get through the day without knowing God is with us, guiding us, and providing […]