Category Family

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mother, Patricia (Patsy) McCarthy Doyle, would be 90 years old today. Imagining her at this age is difficult for me. She died at the age of 70 in 1999. When I was young, I didn’t understand why people would mourn their loved ones decades after their deaths. I get it now. No matter how […]

Praying with Saints

“By baptism, all Christians are called to be saints. We are all to live our life in such a way that gives glory to God. Saints are people who are in heaven after living a life of charity and goodness. The Church recognizes some saints as such, but everyone’s life goal should be to strive […]

Mary, the Rose

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And so would Mary. We have our favorite titles for Mary, but we also know that whether she is referred to as Our Lady of Mercy or Queen of Angels, she is one in the same. Mary is the mother of Jesus and our holy […]