150 Years of Faith & Family

  This past Sunday, Bruce and I attended a wonderful celebration:  the Sesquicentennial of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockville Indiana.  Bruce was born in Belleville, IL but his family moved to Indiana when he was very young.  His family eventually settled in Rockville, among the beautiful rolling hills and famous covered bridges of Parke […]

Alleluia! He is Risen!

The celebration of Easter begins, for our home, with the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday night.  In the early years of the Church, Christians would read the story of our salvation, sing psalms, and pray from sunset until sunrise.  In our modern day, we just gather for about three hours!  Scripture passages include the story […]

The Journey Begins

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the beautiful liturgical season of Lent.  Like many Catholics, my forehead is covered with ashes and my stomach is pretty much empty.  I struggle with fasting every year.  It’s not that I eat big meals (except when Bruce cooks!) but I do snack a lot during the […]

#MondayMercy: Visit the Sick

I realize it’s Tuesday, but this #MondayMercy post was stuck, unfinished, in my head for the last 24 hours.  Time to sort out the many thoughts I have for this work of mercy:  Visit the Sick.  I knew I wanted to relate it to this month of Pregnancy & Infant Loss, so I decided to […]

#WorthRevisit: “The Hug”

Today is Wednesday, and I am participating in the #WorthRevisit Link-up again.  This week, teens and young adults from around the globe are gathered in Poland for World Youth Day.  Today, Pope Francis arrives to preach, to bless, and to inspire!  I have a young friend, a recent college graduate, who is there participating in […]

The Blood of Martyrs

This morning I was shocked and saddened to read of the brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel, a Catholic priest in France.  Father Hamel was assisting at a small rural parish while the pastor was on vacation.  While saying Mass, Islamic terrorists entered the Church, forced him to his knees, and slit his throat reportedly […]

He is Risen!

Happy Easter! It is getting late, but I just wanted to write a brief post.  I love Easter; I love all of Holy Week!  I was blessed to have a wonderfully full week with Church and family. I feel exhausted physically, but refreshed spiritually.  Not a bad combination. This morning I sang the Easter Sequence […]

#WorthRevisit: Arrivederci, Italia!

Time for another #WorthRevisit!  Most people are busy posting about Lent, and I do have thoughts in my head about this beautiful Holy Week, but today I am shifting gears.  In the fall of 2013, Bruce and I celebrated 20 years of marriage with a trip to Italy.  We saved up for a long time, […]

Preparing for Lent

In just under a week, the Catholic Church (and others who use a liturgical calendar) will begin the beautiful season of Lent.  40 days of fasting, prayer, and alms giving, all with the purpose of growing close to Christ.  I realized, I better start getting my Lenten plan together. Of course, there will be the […]