#MondayMercy: Ransom the Captive

As  I pondered which work of mercy I wanted to look at this week, I finally settled on this one:  Ransom the Captive.  It is an interesting concept in our time.  When I hear the word “ransom” I think of kidnappers demanding money from parents.  When I hear “captive,” I think of hostages in a […]

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 […]

A Different Kind of #WorthRevisit

Generally, when I participate in the #WorthRevisit Link-Up, I am posting something I wrote before; thus the revisit concept.  Then I share it with the Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb blogs.  It’s been a great way for me to “meet” other writers and speakers who enjoy sharing their faith.  But today, I have […]

#WorthRevisit: Always a Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, I am posting this for the #WorthRevisit link-up on Reconciled to You. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s reading this, especially to my own mom, Kathleen, who gave me, and continues to give me life and love. ************************************************************* Twenty-one years ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day for the first […]

#WorthRevisit: Those Silly Online Quizzes

Time for another Wednesday #WorthRevisiting post.  I enjoy linking up at Reconciled to You, and reading what other bloggers have to share.  I decided to go way back today. In fact, this post was originally on my other blog, which is now dedicated to my stamping.  This was written in July 2014, just two months […]

Praying with the Psalms

For the last few months, I have been posting about prayer time on my personal Facebook page each Wednesday.  I invite people to list prayer requests on the thread, or in a private message.  I was inspired to do this by several ministry friends, and it has truly been a blessing. I have been keeping […]

God’s Love…and Rainbows

A week ago, I had an emotional day, and I imagine it was also difficult for many who hold fast to the idea of traditional marriage.  While a lot of people anticipated the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obergefell vs Hodges case to uphold marriage “equality” across the country, others predicted the […]

The Sound of Children’s Voices

Just a quick note today. This week, a group of college students have come to Vermilion County to facilitate a summer youth program for the Catholic parishes in our area.  Each day, Mass is held at 11:15, and the parish community is invited to join the kids.  So, I attended yesterday and today, enjoying the […]

7 Quick Takes… It’s Been a While!

Yesterday was Friday, and I got a calendar notification on my phone.  “Write 7 Quick Takes.”  This shows up every single week, because somehow I thought I would get into the habit of participating in this fun blog community posting gig…but alas, I have ignored those notifications for months. So long in fact, that the […]

Once a Mother, Always a Mother

Note:  I am happy to say this has been published in The Catholic Post, the newspaper for the Peoria Diocese.  The link to the article can be found here. Twenty-one years ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time as a mom myself. I was just two months into my pregnancy, but already wearing maternity […]