#FridayFavorites: Tea Time!

I’m doing something a bit different today, and as the hashtag indicates, I hope to continue this on a regular basis.  I’ll share one of my favorite things, and see where my thoughts wander.  These probably won’t be very serious thoughts, but that can be a good thing! Earlier this month, I discovered that January

#WorthRevisit: Why We March

It’s Wednesday, and that means it is time for another #WorthRevisit post.  This weekend is the March for Life in Chicago, but Bruce and I won’t be attending.  I think I will start scheduling some tweets and contacting my friends at Students for Life Illinois, just to be there in spirit!  This post is from

He Makes All Things New

How many people take five days to write a New Year’s post?  At least one, apparently.  It has been bitterly cold here in central Illinois all week, along with most of the country.  I have been hibernating in my home office, completing 2017 Christmas cards (it IS still Christmas!) and prepping for a 12th Day

Brief thoughts for a Brief Week of Advent!

The Liturgical Calendar is interesting this year, with Christmas falling on a Monday.  Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, but we will be in Christmastime by nightfall!  I think it is a bit ironic, since I was feeling unprepared for Advent, let alone Christmas this year.  But it almost feels like a reminder that

When it’s Hard to Rejoice

A few days ago, we celebrated Gaudete Sunday.  The name comes from the first word of the introit, or opening antiphon, on the Third Sunday of Advent.  “Gaudete in Domino semper.”  (Rejoice in the Lord always.)  Instead of text from a psalm, our responsorial reading is from the Gospel according to St. Luke.  It is

Are You Ready for Him?

Yesterday, I shared this reflection at my Lay Dominican meeting.  After a few tweaks, I thought I’d share it here, too! ***************************************************** In the Gospel passage for this weekend, we hear Jesus telling us to be watchful, to keep our eyes open. Jesus issues this directive many times throughout the Gospels. It is very clear

Special Project!

Just a quick note to share some exciting news.  Earlier this year, I was invited to contribute a personal reflection for a new book by Catholic author and speaker Colleen C Mitchell!  I met Colleen in June of 2016 at the Finding Your Fiat women’s conference here in the Peoria Diocese.  The book is available at Franciscan

Thanksgiving Blessings

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US.  I am blessed to be visiting my mom in South Carolina for the week.  Games of Yahtzee and comfort food have adorned the week, with plenty more to come!  Here are a few random thoughts on some not-so-random blessings. My dad was transferred with his company right