Music and art are effective teachers. We absorb the words to songs and images that touch us emotionally. Earliest teachings were taught in this way. Christians learned about the Lord and Jesus’ gift of salvation through hymns, paintings, and sculptures in the Church. One of my favorite hymns heard in my church during the 1970s […]

“Everything is clearer in retrospect. You know what or how you could have done something better when looking back. Things are not so clear or easy when you are under pressure to care for your loved one 24/7. Your responsibilities are great, and you often must perform your duties without proper rest or assistance. Most […]

As with much of Irish symbolism, the Celtic cross is rich in legend. Ancient roots are clouded, resulting in some guesswork to its exact origin. The Celtic cross is the Latin cross with a circle of light intersecting it. It is also known as the Irish cross or cross of Iona. These crosses may be […]

The ancient city of Rome was home to an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants at its height in AD 117. And where there is life, there also is death–and the need to bury the deceased. During the first century, most Christians buried their dead in public cemeteries. After the middle of the second century, […]

Beads, chains, center pieces, and crosses. Serious rosary pray-ers have a collection of broken rosaries and rosary pieces. Inexpensive strings of beads are not well constructed and don’t hold up for long. If we use these rosaries, beads eventually become disconnected. My favorite devotion is to pray the rosary. It’s calming, allows me to escape […]

If we didn’t realize it before, the COVID-19 pandemic enlightened us to our global interdependence. Shortages of supplies, travel restrictions, and the rapid and continuous spread of the virus highlighted how interconnected and dependent we are on one another. Last spring American’s experienced shortages of supplies for the first time in generations. Complete products, as […]

When is the best time to pray? Always. When we get into the practice of talking to God, Mary, the saints, or our angels all day long, we find it becomes an essential and integrated way of life. This past year has raised the bar on reasons to pray. Family members, friends, neighbors, our country, […]

Under the best of circumstances, overseeing care of loved ones in a memory care home is emotionally draining. Our loved ones’ care is beyond what we alone can provide. They require a team, and that is what they are getting in their care facilities, along with our love and attention. Yet, it’s difficult to witness […]

Writing a book is at the top of the list of goals for many of us. We believe our unique thoughts, ideas, and experience will entertain, inform, or persuade an audience. And just maybe, we can make some money in the process. The basic principle in writing is to write what we know. I’ve published […]

Prayer works. Calling on our God for guidance, assistance, relief, and peace is always answered, as all prayers are in one way or another. And if God is with us, we are never left alone. Back-up and support comes in numerous ways. The following prayer was shared with me by my friend, Marla, who received […]