Tag Archives: Family

Greed and Ingratitude

Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales present lessons for us to contemplate and take to heart. We can learn a great deal by looking closely at these stories and what Scripture would say about them. In The Tinder Box, the solider threw away his silver coins for gold ones. He also stole the tinder box, refusing […]

Caregiver, Be Brave

When can we no longer leave our loved one alone? When do we take away the car keys? When do we prohibit the use of power tools – or any tools? When do we install security or tracking? And when, or if, do we move our loved one to an assisted living home for memory […]

“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 […]

Bring Them Home

The loss of a child leaves a hole in a loving parent’s heart. Whether we lose them through employment or military relocation, disagreements, substance abuse, or death, nothing can replace their absence. The pain may change over time, but it remains in some form until we reunite. Not a day goes by that memories of […]

Become a Providence Associate

Joining a religious organization isn’t the life most of us can commit to. We don’t envision our lives as priests, brothers, or sisters. But many of us do want to connect with a religious community as a layperson, and many communities offer such an option. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Indiana is one […]

Meditation: A Mini-Vacation

Do you need a vacation? You can get away from it all – every day – with a few minutes of meditation. Meditation is like a mini-vacation. Just a few minutes of quiet can do wonders for the body, mind, and soul. It tops the list of ways to optimize health, including assisting with the […]

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 […]

Mini Mary Garden

My outside Mary garden is too cold to sit in at this time of year, so I created a little one for my desk. Being near it while meditating on the rosary or a scripture passage is peaceful. And I’m enjoying looking at it while working. I started with an interestingly shaped container from a […]

Presidential Prayer

Saint Theodora, also known as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, arrived in the United States in 1842. The country’s political atmosphere rocked with issues of injustice. Women had little to no rights, Native Americans, Irish immigrants, and Catholics were prohibited from entering many establishments or applying for many jobs, and slavery of people from Africa and […]

Daily Prayer for World Peace

We’re technologically and scientifically more advanced than we were a century ago, but we certainly aren’t any smarter. Where has all of this really gotten us? 100 years ago, Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal. She gave them a peace plan to share with all of us. Every step was to bring us […]