swan featured

Taking a moment to just … be …

Last Sunday was a stressful day. It was one of many. Sometimes life travels too fast. The plate becomes full to overflowing. Carrying a load of worry and frustration can become oppressive. Time to off load my burden … time to take out the kayak. An hour later on a nearby pond, I reflected on what I had […]

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Celebration in Song: “Come Holy Spirit!”

From my first CD called Teach Me to Love I present a fun and uplifting song, “Come Holy Spirit!” Of all the songs recorded for this album, “Come Holy Spirit!” was the most fun. At the time of its recording in 2000, my husband Rich was co-leading the youth choir at our parish of St. […]

crazy cat lady featured

Latest Catholic Free Press Column – Lessons learned from crazy cat people

This is my latest monthly column for The Catholic Free Press. I have now admitted in print that I am a crazy cat lady! :-) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * […]

teach me featured

Celebrate with Song: “Teach Me to Love”—the first person to post a comment wins a free copy of this song!

Celebrating second chances in song * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “Teach Me to Love,” recorded in 2000, is one of my favorite songs for several reasons. It’s about Blessed Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa died right around the […]

Andy Morffew Singing in the Rain with words featured

Celebrating a second chance with singing!

You lose something precious, an essential part of yourself. You grieve. And rail. You lament. And cry. You tick down a long list of regrets, of missed (and botched) opportunities. You think it’s all over. And then, you get a second chance. Four years ago I lost my music. The singing voice disappeared. The songwriting […]

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When Worlds Collide! After yelling “Help!” what next do you do?

What happens when you are in one place but your head and heart are elsewhere? How does it feel when you must pay attention to the present while your head and heart are dragging you into the future? What happens when you have the essence of two full-time jobs colliding? Does it feel like this? […]

river of grace featured

Announcing my first book to be published this Fall! River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times

I am pleased to announce that my very first book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times will be released this Fall, published by Ave Maria Press! A memoir with life application River of Grace is part spiritual memoir and part life application, offering true and hopeful stories of growth and transformation after hard losses. Father Robert […]

riot-stephens classroom featured

Dealing with the problems in our country: One person, one step at a time

This is my most recent column in The Catholic Free Press: Our son called the other day to share a lovely story about a former student. Until recently Stephen had been a pre-school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Although he had neither experience nor background in education, he took the job because he was desperate, having […]

A. I. Fosters

Give a gift of kittens to your friends while supporting a no-kill cat shelter – 20% Off on The Critter Room Memory Book!

Give a gift of kittens to your friends while supporting a no-kill cat shelter – 20% Off on The Critter Room Memory Book!

Wondering what to give your cat-loving friend? How about giving twice with just one purchase? For a limited time during this holiday season, The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One is being offered at a 20% discount – now just $15.95 for this 68 page book chock full of: tons of color photos from Foster […]

Alternative Lifestyles

Finding the mystic in me

Finding the mystic in me

Today I started reading a book entitled The Naked Now by Richard Rohr. I originally planned on reading it because a group I belong to, the Commission of Women of the Diocese of Worcester, chose this book as the one they wished to study this year. A dear friend of mine, a deacon in the […]

American History

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Note: I love historical fiction and when Amy Belding Brown asked me to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance. Her last book, Mr. Emerson’s Wife had been a game-changing book for me. I couldn’t wait to read Flight of the Sparrow given my deep interest in spiritual matters, a lifelong residency in Massachusetts […]

Animals

Fun Facts Friday: from Kayaking to Babs to Jackson Galaxy and beyond!

Fun Facts Friday: from Kayaking to Babs to Jackson Galaxy and beyond!

 Fun Facts Friday is back! Lots of great stuff this week: On the kayaking front … There’s been a drought on west of epic proportionstwhen it finally did rain, check out how this man celebrated! Kayaking in his front yard!   Baby animals galore! 21 Photos of Baby Animals that Literally Fit In the Palm […]

Art

Visio Divina– where a picture is indeed worth a thousand words

Visio Divina– where a picture is indeed worth a thousand words

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a workshop teaching the practice of Visio Divina—praying with art, sponsored by Women of Faith out of Marlborough, Massachusetts (The Sisters of Saint Anne). The presenters The workshop was led by Sr. Pauline Laurence and Sr. Yvette Dargy who are both educators, community leaders, and pastoral ministers. They […]

artistic excellence

Writing lessons. Creative lessons. Living lessons from St. Paul.

Writing lessons. Creative lessons. Living lessons from St. Paul.

I love St. Paul. And I am a woman. Yes, I am fully aware of the famous passages in which he instructs wives to be “submissive to their husbands” and how they are not to speak in public. I believe these passages need to studied carefully for their true meaning for nothing is ever as […]

Autumn

Autumn at Rocky Pond in central Massachusetts

Autumn at Rocky Pond in central Massachusetts

80 degrees. No wind. A few wispy clouds. Colors popping out all over. Perfect conditions for perhaps the final kayak trip of the season. Enjoy the views. A glimpse of heaven. Join Susan Bailey’s Email List (special surprises just for you!) to subscribe to this blog. Follow Susan Bailey, Author, Speaker, Musician on Facebook and […]

Barbra Streisand

How does she do it?? Barbra Streisand at 72 with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show

How does she do it?? Barbra Streisand at 72 with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show

There has never been a doubt in my mind that Barbra Streisand is the greatest singer of our time. Now 72, she no longer has that incredible power in her voice but all the control and subtlety remains. Plus the heart. This woman never fails to tell a story when she sings. She has been […]

Barnes & Noble Nook

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

What happens when you get the urge to create? Do you retreat to a music studio to write a song? Do you go to your specially designated study to write? Do you paint your latest masterpiece in a light-filled studio? Do you shut the door when you enter your room? Why do secret hideaway places […]

being numb

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 by Father Steven LaBaire

A new look at leprosy … and numbness … Reflections on the Sunday Gospel from Mark 1:40-45 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: “A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40)  That’s in this Sunday’s gospel. Leprosy is […]

Bringing communion to the elderly and homebound

My traveling companions for the Lenten journey

My traveling companions for the Lenten journey

My monthly column for The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I decided this Lent that I would not […]

brothers and sisters

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

care fo the poor

Three practices of the abundant life from Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U.

Three practices of the abundant life from Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U.

Originally posted on The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA:
God is everywhere. It’s easy to see Him in good times: a new marriage, a healthy baby coming into the world, a promotion at work. Days spent in harmony with family, friends and the world makes it easy to pause and say,…

Cat Lovers

From Kitten Cam to Granny Cam: The beauty of seniors

From Kitten Cam to Granny Cam: The beauty of seniors

Foster Dad John has a new foster—meet Peaches Chutney. She is not a kitten but a beautiful elder calico. At thirteen she (along with four other older cats) was surrendered to a shelter. All five cats have hyperthyroidism, a common condition for older cats that requires treatment. Adopted by a community Foster Dad John’s shelter, […]

Catholic Free Press columns

Learning to forget through your prayerful imagination

Learning to forget through your prayerful imagination

My monthly column on The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Learn to forget? Seems to me I have to first learn how to remember! Those of us past a certain age know […]

Catholicmom.com

Words that Transform – God can speak to you through your library books

Words that Transform – God can speak to you through your library books

This is my monthly column for The Catholic Free Press and Catholicmom.com.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Words have power. Through prayer, guidance and meditation, the Bible can change lives. While God speaks most directly through his Word, […]

Christian living

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

Seeing with new eyes: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 9:2-10 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: In the ancient world, the journey up a mountain often symbolized “enlightenment” or “seeing” things in a “new” or different way from previously. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus takes […]

Christian Music

A simple prayer reflection for Good Friday

A simple prayer reflection for Good Friday

This is from my latest column on Catholicmom.com. It is taken from the Mary, Queen of Peace Meditation Guide & Sung Rosary booklet. Much has been said by wiser minds on all that took place on Good Friday. As I cannot add anything to enhance these insights, I thought instead to offer you a simple […]

Christian music

“Late have I loved you …” St. Augustine’s dive below the surface

“Late have I loved you …” St. Augustine’s dive below the surface

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. […]

Christmas

Merry Christmas from Be As One!

Merry Christmas from Be As One!

Click to Tweet & Share: Merry Christmas from Be As One! http://wp.me/p2D9hg-zy Would you like to learn along with Susan how to live your life in single flow? Send an email to susanwbailey@gmail.com to subscribe, and never miss a post! Follow Susan on Facebook and Twitter Listen to Susan’s music Read Susan’s blog, Louisa May […]

Church music

Thankful for simple gifts

Thankful for simple gifts

This is a teaser to my monthly column on Catholicmom.com. Some of the most wonderful gifts from God come in the form of whispers. They are the small gifts. The gifts for a particular moment, not to be grasped at, but merely accepted. And if the taker is alert and awake, the heart will swell […]

community

Sacred Journeys, Near and Far (beginning with Wild starring Reese Witherspoon)–Guest post by Lori Erikson, aka The Holy Rover

Sacred Journeys, Near and Far (beginning with Wild starring Reese Witherspoon)–Guest post by Lori Erikson, aka The Holy Rover

This wonderful post by one of my favorite bloggers begins with a review of the Reese Witherspoon film, Wild, leading into a longing that has been planted within all of us from the day of our birth. No matter how much the observance of organized religion may be declining, the hunger for true spiritual connection […]

Compartmentalization

When might compartments be necessary? Perhaps when you’re juggling two all-consuming passions?

When might compartments be necessary? Perhaps when you’re juggling two all-consuming passions?

I’m in a pickle and I need your help. I have two all-consuming passions right now and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. It involves the writing of two books. Dreamy summer Since April I have been immersed in research for a book I want to write about Elizabeth Alcott, the […]

Connections

Taking advantage of the season of Lent through a notebook and a chunk of time

Taking advantage of the season of Lent through a notebook and a chunk of time

For many Christians, the late winter/early spring signifies a time of stepping back and examining how we are practicing our faith. It is a time of assessing our failings and sins: how have we strayed from God as the center of our lives? How have we forgotten the needs of family members, friends and strangers? […]

Conquering fear

Leaping into the unknown: is it worth it? Just ask Bilbo Baggins.

Leaping into the unknown: is it worth it? Just ask Bilbo Baggins.

During the fifteen years that I was a professional musician I went out on gigs, holding concerts and sometimes doing some public speaking. When my mother died in 2010, I stopped doing that sort of thing. Now, five years later, I’ve decided to dive back in. It is not without fear and trepidation for I […]

coping with illness

The Gift of Pain – guest post by The Holy Rover, Lori Erikson

The Gift of Pain – guest post by The Holy Rover, Lori Erikson

Lori Erikson is an Episcopalian minister who writes a beautiful blog which I have featured here previously known as The Holy Rover. I would like to highlight her homily from Sunday, October 13, based upon the Gospel of St. Luke depicting the ten lepers begging Jesus for healing and the one who returns in gratitude. […]

Daily readings

Overcoming temptation with the help of community: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 1:12-15 by Father Steven LaBaire

Overcoming temptation with the help of community: Reflections on the Sunday Gospel Mark 1:12-15 by Father Steven LaBaire

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: This Sunday’s gospel (Mark 1:12-15) states that Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted by Satan. After being tempted Jesus boldly embraced his mission. Temptation is […]

Daktari TV Show Fan Site

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

Originally posted on Daktari TV Show:
My thanks to Walter, a longtime Daktari fan from the Netherlands, for sharing this fascinating article about just what Africa, U.S.A. was all about. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

Dreams

ValLimar Jansen: The power of the story – sharing the Gospel through word and song

ValLimar Jansen: The power of the story – sharing the Gospel through word and song

Originally posted on The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA:
From this month’s Concerning Women column from the Catholic Free Press, this piece profiles the morning keynote speaker for the Gather Us In 2013 conference. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

Emmylou Harris

Seeing Linda Ronstadt at her book signing for “Simple Dreams” in Brookline, MA

Seeing Linda Ronstadt at her book signing for “Simple Dreams” in Brookline, MA

Joni Mitchell taught me to write songs and Linda Ronstadt taught me how to sing. I emulated her voice although I never had the sustained power she had. Ronstadt has now lost her voice due to Parkinson’s and has penned a musical memoir called Simple Dreams, presenting her amazing 45 year career as a singer. […]

Family

Greetings from the Beyond

Greetings from the Beyond

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
You may recall the last post I wrote about Work: A Story of Experience where I reiterated the religious importance of this autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott.  I was moved by the consolation Christie Devon received as described in chapter 19, “Little Hearts-Ease.” She heard husband…

Family Life

Memories … and then … Encountering the complex Native American spirituality at Mesa Verde

Memories … and then … Encountering the complex Native American spirituality at Mesa Verde

This is a reblog of one of my favorite sites, The Holy Rover blog by Lori Erikson. When I saw that her latest post was about Mesa Verde, I experienced a wave of nostalgia that made me smile. I saw this fascinating place when I was about nine but did not get out of it […]

Flowers

Spring is here – are you taking the time to relish it?

Spring is here – are you taking the time to relish it?

With vivid memories of four feet of snow and bitter cold, the coming of Spring in New England is especially sweet this year. Temperatures have been on the cool side but that only makes the show of blooming flowers and leaves opening last that much longer. Early Spring is a fleeting time; the landscape literally […]

Forgiveness

Breathing new life into the familiar – the beautiful John 3:16

Breathing new life into the familiar – the beautiful John 3:16

Today’s Gospel is profound and beautiful but we may miss the meaning because we have heard it so many times in the past. That old adage, “Familiarity breeds contempt” certainly plays out here. You may have even let your mind drift as I read it to you, just as my mind drifted when I read […]

Foster Dad John Bartlett

The reviews are in! Update on the success of The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One

The reviews are in! Update on the success of The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One

Thanks to all of you who have ordered The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One – so far we’ve raised over $900 for the Purrfect Pals no-kill cat shelter (exact figures – 102 books sold, $910.68 USD; £17.20 GBP; €17.28 EUR). Here are reviews from Amazon, : Purrfect fundraiser! I just wanted to let you […]

Gardening

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

Let me begin by saying I do not have a green thumb. I gave up planting perennials and having them die on me. I gave up planting anything exotic; it was a death sentence for them too. And to think my mother was a biologist at Wellesley College! That gene sure passed me over. However, I […]

Good and Evil

Please pray for the Coptic Christians in Egypt and spread the word about their plight

Please pray for the Coptic Christians in Egypt and spread the word about their plight

There is a frightening series of events going on in Egypt that few know about. If you are a Christian and don’t believe there is persecution to the magnitude of the original martyrs of the Church, you must educate yourself on the plight of the Coptic Christians in Egypt. The mainstream press is not covering […]

Good Friday

Good Friday reflections in video and song

Good Friday reflections in video and song

On this Good Friday I wanted to offer several short video reflections as we pause and think about the meaning of this holy day and the glorious Easter to come. This first video takes a little over 5 minutes to view. It follows the Stations of the Cross using the Jesus Prayer as the reflection: […]

Gratitude

Step by Step

Step by Step

The temperature outside was 10 degrees with a wind chill of -11. And I still went out for  my lunch time walk. When I returned, the office manager and real estate agent on duty applauded. I felt like applauding myself. Never in a million years did I think I would ever find myself walking in […]

Grief

My unexpected miracle healing (part one)

My unexpected miracle healing (part one)

In the last post I wrote about my dear friend and the inner healing she received from God as she copes with Ménière’s disease. I would now like to share my own story of healing from God, a healing I consider miraculous. Some of you may know that I was a professional singer and songwriter, […]

Healing

Healing versus a cure: There is definitely a difference!

Healing versus a cure: There is definitely a difference!

I believe in healing. Not a just a cure but a healing. Doctors provide cures; that’s their job. They note your symptoms, attempt a diagnosis and then offer treatment. It can all be rather clinical and impersonal. I don’t blame doctors; they are not trained to be counselors (though a treatment of the whole person […]

Health

Opening my eyes to winter

Opening my eyes to winter

I used to hate the winter. The cold (and the subsequent heavy clothes). The darkness. The snow. The ice. The silence. And how difficult it can be to get around. I used to hate winter. Until I read The Outermost House by Henry Beston. For now I will just elude to it because I am […]

History of faith

Celebrating the birthday of Mary, the Mother of God

Celebrating the birthday of Mary, the Mother of God

Many Catholic and Orthodox Christians around the world will be celebrating a feast day in the Church commemorating the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I attended a lovely Vespers Service yesterday at my husband’s Melkite Catholic Church (an Eastern Catholic Church in union with the Pope and using Byzantine practices); in the Eastern and […]

Insects

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Anyone care to identify this insect? This was submitted by a reader in Northern Wisconsin, at the entrance to her father-in-law’s garage: My son who loves insects, was able to identify it so I know what it is … do you? Take a guess! Click to Tweet & Share: Another bug to identify – take […]

Kayaking

Close encounters of the Bird kind

Close encounters of the Bird kind

Kayaking is such a great way to sneak up on birds! Here’s a couple I was able to capture in a picture. The setting is Mill Pond in Westborough, MA. This place never disappoints! Click to Tweet & Share: Close encounters of the Bird kind http://wp.me/p2D9hg-ag Would you like to learn along with Susan how […]

Lake Waban at Wellesley College

How do you live in the present moment when the present moment sucks?

How do you live in the present moment when the present moment sucks?

Not an especially eloquent way to state it but that’s what’s been going through my mind the last couple of days. It’s not that life has been especially trying, not at all. But a conversation that I had recently with a wonderful nun really got me to thinking. In preparation for my next column in […]

Lent and Easter

Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter

Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter

To all of you, a blessed and happy Easter. Here are some scenes from last night’s Easter Vigil at St. Luke the Evangelist in Westboro, MA, my home parish. Click to Tweet & Share: Christós Anésti! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter http://wp.me/p2D9hg-Dq Would you like to learn along with Susan how to live your life […]

Life as a Creative

Guest post by The Holy Rover: Part Two on Hildegard von Bingen: The Hildegard Trail

Guest post by The Holy Rover: Part Two on Hildegard von Bingen: The Hildegard Trail

Last week I presented Lori Erickson’s post on Hildegard von Bingen. As The Holy Rover, Lori and her husband Bob travel the world and visit places of spiritual significance. She has done a series on her visit to Bingen, Germany and writes with eloquence about this extraordinary woman. Here is a portion of part two […]

Lifestyles

True unity that brings all things together

True unity that brings all things together

Unity in the Heart of God “Love unites all, whether created or uncreated …” This is the beginning of a short meditation by noted spiritual writer (and my favorite), Henri Nouwen. You can read the rest here. This short passage utterly sums up the purpose of this blog, and my life. How about you? What […]

Love

There’s nothing better at Christmas than “It’s a Wonderful Life,” especially if it’s your story!

There’s nothing better at Christmas than “It’s a Wonderful Life,”  especially if it’s your story!

Last night I had a lot of cooking to do for a dinner party and kept myself company watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” on YouTube. This truly is a Christmas classic and I got all choked up at the end when the town turned out to help George Bailey. I was flooded with strong memories […]

Mary Mother of God

Prayer for persecuted Christians

Prayer for persecuted Christians

My thanks to Father Steven Labaire from Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA  for passing along this prayer for our brothers and sisters around the world facing persecution. Please join us in praying for them daily. Father in Heaven, you make your sun shine on the good and bad alike. Your Son Jesus Christ died for […]

Music

Someone old, something new … dusting off the music in my life

Someone old, something new … dusting off the music in my life

I took a trip back in time yesterday. I had the nerve to walk into Radio Shack and ask to buy a cassette tape player. Yeah, it made me feel old (and I eventually bought it at Walmart because it was half the price) but I am so glad I bought it. Not only can […]

Nature

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

Need a break from the sudden onslaught of winter? And that it’s just beginning? Check out these beautiful birds photographed by my brother-in-law Tim’s friend Matthew Faughnan: One of my favorite birds – they usually will come upon you in a swarm, grabbing berries off of bushes and trees. As smooth as silk! This photo […]

Noodles, Taco, Hank, Cosmo, Ramon, Spooky, Venus and Loki

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

What’s it like to foster kittens? Here’s an interview foster dad John from The Critter Room (reblog)

I admit it, I am totally hooked on watching live kitty cams. It is tremendous, harmless fun. Often the comments from fellow chatters is more entertaining than even the kittens. It all started rather innocently with a text message from my son whose girlfriend alerted him to Noodles and her seven kittens. A beautiful and […]

Original Writing

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

What happens when technology leaves you with an unexpected gift? You grab it and go! This morning my two cats, Jenny and Rameses, started playing with toys that my mother-in-law had put in our Christmas stocking for them. Tootsie’s toys never fail to please! I watched as they inspected the toys, taking pictures with my […]

Politics

Love your enemies? Even today?

Love your enemies? Even today?

I am seriously looking for answers to a question. First, a little background. In the Catholic lectionary, today’s Gospel from Luke chapter 6 reads as follows: Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those […]

Prayer

A special way to give alms this Lenten season, one woman at a time

A special way to give alms this Lenten season, one woman at a time

The season of Lent is a tradition in Christianity offering a time to turn back to God (also known as repentance). Once viewed from a strictly negative perspective (guilt over sins, giving up chocolate or some other treat during the 40 days before Easter), the very perception of Lent is being transformed into a great […]

Ripley's Kittens

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

Farewell to Ripley’s Kittens – a video by Cherry Martini

For the many thousands of you who have followed the lives and antics of this mother tuxedo cat and her five kittens online, you know that today is bittersweet. As one chat member dubbed it, it’s “Graduation Day.” Ripley and her kittens will be adopted out to their forever (aka “furever”) homes bringing joy into […]

Sacred music

Guest Post by the Holy Rover, part three on Hildegard von Bingen: Hildegard’s living legacy

Guest Post by the Holy Rover, part three on Hildegard von Bingen: Hildegard’s living legacy

In her third and final installment on Hildegard von Bingen, Lori Erickon (aka The Holy Rover) describes her visit to an abbey that keeps the spirit of Hildegard alive. The fifty nuns that currently dwell in the abbey have noticed a marked increase in visitors interested in Hildegard since the 1970s. She is a saint […]

Seasons

A Radical Scheme – guest post by Lori Erickson of Spiritual Travels

A Radical Scheme – guest post by Lori Erickson of Spiritual Travels

“Nature is, above all, profligate. Don’t believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. […]

Silence

Holy Silence – from The Holy Rover blog

Holy Silence – from The Holy Rover blog

Obtaining true silence, that stillness of the heart and mind open to hearing the whisper of God from within, is one of the most challenging aspects of the spiritual life. I believe it is the most important thing we can do for if the voice of God is continually drowned out with our busy lives, […]

Spiritual Journey

From hot-shot anchor to a handmaid of the Lord: Gather Us In 2013 Keynoter Teresa Tomeo’s amazing journey

From hot-shot anchor to a handmaid of the Lord: Gather Us In 2013 Keynoter Teresa Tomeo’s amazing journey

Originally posted on The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA:
From the Catholic Free Press, September 20, 2013 by Susan Bailey, chair. Commission for Women Teresa Tomeo has known she wanted to be a news anchor since she was in the third grade. “I was in the spotlight early,” she says. Educated…

Sunday Gospel Reflections by Father Steven LaBaire

Silence is golden … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:29-39

Silence is golden … Reflections on the Sunday gospel, Mark 1:29-39

I am pleased to present this guest post from Father Steven LaBaire, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA. In preparation for mass this Sunday: This coming Sunday’s gospel describes Jesus as very busy, doing a lot of good. He’s bringing healing and relief to lives that are burdened. In the middle of this […]

Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week (September 5, 2012)

Tweets of the Week (September 5, 2012)

Here are some great links and tweets I found this past week: From the Post Bulletin @PB_News Moonlight kayaking – I want to do this! – Post Bulletin http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1507175 From Patheos.com @Patheos I am so blessed to have two outstanding spiritual friends – Spiritual Direction vs. Spiritual Friend http://shar.es/7V9RA From the Seattle Times @seattletimes Here’s […]

Weather

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

This is what happened to us … and yet I feel blessed. We knew this tree would fall. In the last post I showed how one half of the tree fell during a microburst. The tree that fell yesterday was leaning east and the wind came from the east. Inevitable. It so happens our neighbor […]

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