99 Years & Counting!

This week, I am attending the annual convention of the National Council of Catholic Women. I have been serving on the Peoria Diocesan board since 2015; as President since 2016 (insert gasp!) Founded in 1920, NCCW has resources available for parishes across the country, and I am looking forward to meeting new friends and connecting

Image #WorthRevisit: The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Technically, I am not revisiting one of my old posts from this blog. However, I was blessed to write a guest blog post for WINE (Women in the New Evangelization.) I was participating in an online book club, discussing “A Walk in Her Sandals.” The book is a work of historical fiction, imagining what it may have been like for the women in Jesus’ time. The chapters go through the days of Holy Week, but also into Pentecost. This past Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost, so it made sense to share again. Here is my reflection on Pentecost.

As a Lay Dominican, I look for opportunities to evangelize. Sharing my faith is something that is challenging, but I look to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help me. Veni Sancte Spiritus!

After you read my post, I encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the rest of CatholicVineyard.com I am sharing this via the #WorthRevisit link up at Theology is a Verb.

Love is in the Air!

Valentine’s Day fell on Thursday last week. Bruce and I originally talked about going out to lunch, since he is still working second shift. Alas, he had overtime, which meant he worked 11 am to 11 pm. No romantic lunch or dinner. Good thing we don’t need the fancy candles and music! But there were

2019: Recalculating

Last year was tough for me. Health wise, I struggled quite a bit. The physical pain, unfortunately, impacted my emotional health and stamina. I could barely motivate myself to get things done. And so, in this New Year, I am trying to find that motivation, that zeal for creativity again. Many people pray for a

Grateful for a Growing Family!

It’s November 1st…Happy All Saints Day!  I love this Solemnity and the time to recall all the wonderful saints who have gone before us.  While I think of some of my favorites – Saints Dominic & Catherine of Siena, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, our Blessed Mother Mary – I also think of the countless saints whose

Always be Ready

This past Sunday, our parish held its annual Parish Picnic at a beautiful county park.  We celebrated Mass under the trees with a soft late summer breeze rustling through the trees (and knocking down plenty of acorns!)  Every family brings a dish to pass, and a crew of men spent all night Saturday with grills

Thoughts on Corpus Christi

************This is the reflection I shared this weekend with my Lay Dominican group, the Mary Magdalene Chapter, which meets at St Thomas Aquinas Church on the campus of Purdue University.************** When I realized that my assigned month for doing the reflection would fall on the weekend of Corpus Christi I was so excited. I thought

Lent Begins Again

It’s late on Ash Wednesday.  My mind is racing far too much for this time of night, but that’s not unusual.  I have always been a night owl.  Before I sit down for Night Prayer (Compline) I decided I needed to write just a bit. I have quite the Lenten to-do list this year, so