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 […]

In everything…

It’s a chilly, damp Wednesday and my to-do list is far longer than I would like it to be.  Mostly because I all but ignored it yesterday.  Fatigue and arthritic pain have a way of putting a halt to my days.  I tried upbeat music, some Netflix…sigh.  It’s just one of those days. But even […]

The Beauty of a Praying Community

A few days ago, my heart was heavy.  I was a bit anxious with a dash of melancholy.  I wanted to reach out to my friends, but due to the sensitive nature of my issue, combined with living in a small community, I knew I had to be vague.  And so I asked for prayers […]

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 […]

#WorthRevisit: Divine Mercy

Today I am sharing a post from September of 2014. I am doing this as part of the link-up “Worth Revisiting Wednesday” at the blog Reconciled to You with Allison Gingras.  I have never participated in this link-up before, but today is the perfect day to do so.  You see, this post is about praying […]

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 […]

My 2016 Spiritual Board of Directors

Happy New Year!  It has been quite a while since I have written anything.  I could blame it on the “holiday rush,” but that would be disingenuous.  I was just too scattered in my various projects…everything from making birthday and Christmas cards to writing new talks for some 2016 events to trying to stay healthy! […]

Praying Psalm 145

I started this post last week with the intention of having it go live yesterday.  That way, it would coordinate with my Wednesday prayer posting on Facebook.  Alas, I forgot that I was going to be out of town both Tuesday and Wednesday; guess that means I need to coordinate my advance posting better! Yesterday’s […]

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 […]