Tag Archives: Book

Peace Begins with You and Me

What a tumultuous world we live in. No one can dispute the fact that our world is in turmoil. Economic disparity, religious conflicts, racial and gender discrimination, substance abuse, greed, jealousy, and vengefulness are global flash points. At any moment, in any location, our fragile film of peace can, and often does, rip open into […]

Sing for Joy

-The Nightingale Then the Nightingale sang, and so enchantingly that the tears came into the Emperor’s eyes and ran down over his cheeks. The Nightingale sang a second time, and still more sweetly, and the song went straight to the heart. The Emperor was so well pleased that he said the Nightingale should have his […]

What Happens Next?

The path of Alzheimer’s is a downward slope. As of now, there is no cure, and there’s no getting better. As much as we understand that, it’s human nature to stop periodically and wonder what we can expect to happen next with our loved one. Most often, the answer is the same. No one can know for sure. […]

Process of Elimination

We diligently acquire things most of our lives only to begin the process of elimination as we approach maturity. Funny how we don’t realize how much we have until we have to get rid of it all. The desire to downsize comes naturally with aging. We no longer need the room and all that stuff. […]

Memorare

We have many powerful prayers to Mary, but perhaps the most beloved is the Memorare. The prayer is excerpted from a much longer 15-century one known as the “Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria. By the 16th century, a French priest named Father Claude Bernard was teaching this shortened version to prisoners condemned to […]

Reaching Towards Sainthood

We live in a remarkable age to have so many saints canonized in our lifetime that we’ve gotten to know up close and personal.Because of public media, we’ve seen Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, Padre Pio, and Mother Teresa on video, television, or social media, and heard them on the radio. Many people also […]

Rosary in Your Hand

What’s the best rosary to pray on? The one you will use. There are so many rosaries to choose from. They come in every color, made of every imaginable product, and range greatly in price. Crystal, plastic, pearl, semi-precious stones, seeds, and wood. And the crosses and medals vary as much as the beads. When […]

The Assumption of Mary

Today is Monday, the day of the week we traditionally pray the Joyful Mysteries. Being that it is also the Feast of the Assumption, we may consider praying the Glorious Mysteries and take a few minutes more to consider the Fourth Mystery, the Assumption of Mary. According to Tradition, Catholics believe that Mary, because of […]

Our Stories Are Our Gifts

On the way down to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for my first class in my Masters degree program, my father’s doctor called to tell me that my dad had terminal cancer. Thoughts of my dad and caring for his needs along with my siblings dominated that class. It became part of my story. In that cohort, […]

Listening with the Heart

Early in our marriage, when on long drives or walks, my husband, Marshall, and I would create stories.We’d start with a what-if, and then carry it away to another land and time. As an entertainer and a storyteller, these tales became quite fantastical. Now Marshall tells stories that are a mix of past and present, fantasy and […]