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

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

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