Tag Archives: Family

The Alzheimer’s Teacher

Loving a spouse with dementia for decades comes with tremendous heartache. The treacherous path that must be tread requires steady, patient, and unstoppable footing as well as a thick skin. But through this journey, I’ve also gained some wisdom. Here are a few things I’ve learned from loving a spouse with Alzheimer’s: Faith, family, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

END ALZ

  The state of Illinois finally got something right. It issued a license plate to help promote awareness of the urgent need for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Illinois is the first and only state to have a specialty license plate supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and it’s now available to Illinois residents. The exposure of […]

Drifting Away

The dense crowd made it difficult to navigate to the elevator. Finally there, we rode down packed in like sardines. The doors opened, and we flooded out into another mass of humanity. Somehow, I’d let go of Marshall’s hand and couldn’t find him anywhere. I frantically dove through the crowd calling his name. I awoke […]

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 […]

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 […]