Category Young in the Spirit

“It” is Fleeting

We stopped and stared briefly at each other, two strangers passing in a crowded restaurant. Do I know her? She looks familiar. Actually—she looks like me. Only older. Much older. Or—maybe I look like that. Maybe I look that old. Oh, wait. I am old. Encountering that similar-looking stranger made me stop and acknowledge who […]

Prayer Partner

For those of us who keep on track with prayer, the inability to pray would be a great loss. Ongoing communication with the Lord keeps us afloat through our life travels. People with memory loss often lose their ability to read prohibiting them from reading scripture or devotionals. They also may not remember the words […]

Older and More Faithful

The older we get the more we tend to pray. Faithful people say that their connection with God grows greater with age. Many reasons contribute toward this increase. We often have more time, and we definitely see the need for our children and ourselves. We want to leave a legacy of devotion and faith for […]

Saint Anthony on a Mission

Can’t find your glasses? Don’t remember where you parked your car? Call on Saint Anthony to help you. Known as the Patron Saint of Lost Articles, Saint Anthony of Padua is our go-to-saint to help us find the things we’ve misplaced. His mission is to remove that stress from our plates. Born Fernando Martins in […]

When Lord?

Patience. I used to pray for patience, because I need an unlimited supply. Then someone pondered with me that perhaps, if we ask for patience, God gives us more opportunities to practice building on it. I stopped praying that prayer. I don’t really want more challenges. One thing we learn as we get older is that […]

Check Point

If you died today, how would your obituary read? How is this different from the way you would like it to be? Death is indiscriminate. It is inevitable and can come at any moment. Honestly assessing our lives from time-to-time, and acknowledging our mortality is not morbid. It’s realistic and prompts opportunities to reflect on our readiness to meet […]

Busy Balance

What’s the balance between way-too busy and sedentary? If we aren’t working full-time, we may have daily responsibilities, part-time work, household projects, and volunteer hours mixed with extra-curricular activities, socializing, and simple down time. But is there anything wrong with going to the extreme one way or the other? I tend to be the crazy busy person. Somehow, there […]

Why I Can’t Ask Why

It’s not likely that anyone can get to their 40, 50, or 60s without experiencing a list of hardships. Some of those painful events can be deep and get us stuck in the muck of depression. I, like many of you, have moments when I wallow in woe-is-me. I can’t help but ask why my husband […]

Moved by the Spirit

Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit. The first time I heard the haunting hymn by this name was at an ordination. It was sung during the part of the ceremony known as Laying on of Hands where the newly ordained receive a blessing from fellow priests. I literally felt the Spirit fire within me from deep inside […]

10 Ways to Lift the Spirit of the Sick

Here are a few ways you can assist a sick friend or neighbor: Pray for them Send little notes Drop off a healthy meal Run errands Do their laundry Watch their children Send a text or Facebook message Give them a call Drive them to their appointments Give warm hugs