Category spirituality

How Do You Pray?

Spirituality has definitely changed over the last few decades, but no doubt, people still do pray. Most know that there is something bigger than us, and especially in dire times, we call on that higher power to come to our rescue. Although how we pray and to whom or what our prayers are directed differs […]

Walking Toward Answers

“Walking a labyrinth is a meditative and healing experience that helps relieve stress, at least temporarily, by quieting the mind. Like a voyage to the center of our being, walkers claim that it promotes a sense of peace, compassion, and understanding. The special walk offers a period of repose, a peaceful break from life’s challenges. […]

Presenting to the Father What Belongs to Him

After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed their obligation to Hebrew Law and journeyed to Jerusalem. At great physical and financial challenge, they went to the temple for purification, to offer sacrifices, and present Jesus to the Lord. Scripture says, “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s Make a Deal

“Lord, if you help me find a job today, I promise I’ll never complain about going to work. I will go in every day with a smile on my face.” Not all losses are the same but losing a job is close to the top, because it is painful on several levels. The loss of […]

The Budding Rosary

The rosary is often referred to as a rose garden blooming with Hail Mary roses. Every Hail Mary we pray is like giving Mary a rose. Perhaps that is why many claim to smell a fragrant aroma of roses when they believed Mary was near to them. Our Catholic rosary is rich in history evolving from […]

Education for Better Living

Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin believed the best way to solve the issues of poverty and inequality is through education. Education increases the realm of employment opportunities, thereby enhancing the ability to provide for one’s family. Better employment positions lead to more lucrative jobs. When St. Mary-of-the-Woods College opened its doors in 1840 no other school […]

The Rosary Workout

From Labor Day through Easter, we eat our way from one holiday to the next. Each one of those holidays adds calories and a few more pounds. I used to be able to eat anything I wanted without increasing my weight. Now I look at a recipe or menu and gain a pound. The older […]

Holiest of Saturdays

If you want to participate in our Church’s greatest and most unique solemnity, attend the Easter Vigil. Most Catholics are accustomed to Masses that are an hour or less, but the Easter Vigil typically lasts two to three times that. Together we keep watch for the resurrection of Christ in a profound way. Celebrated after […]