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 […]

#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 […]

#WorthRevisit: The Holy Innocents

(In the liturgical calendar of the Latin Church (Roman Catholic), December 28th is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. I posted this three years ago.  Because the Sanctity of Human Life is still so important to me, I wanted to share as a #WorthRevisit post.  I am linking up on Reconciled to You and Theology […]

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 […]