Faith

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Yesterday’s kayak trip took place just down the street at Eckblaw Landing. Here you can take a trip down the Quinsigamond River. I’ve done this trip several times and don’t usually see all that much in the way of birds because the MA Turnpike runs right over the river. Still, sometimes you really hit the […]

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 […]

Who are we trying to please and why? A reflection on Matthew 6

Who are we trying to please and why? A reflection on Matthew 6

Note: this is my monthly Gospel reflection on Catholicmom.com which ran on June 18. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 “All the world’s is a stage.” Shakespeare’s famous line reveals the inner longing of each and every human being: to be noticed, to be loved. Even those of us who swear we are shy, who claim we long […]

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 […]

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 […]

Living with deliberate intent: lessons from a loss and a blessing

Living with deliberate intent: lessons from a loss and a blessing

Yesterday reminded me of how suddenly life can end. Rich and I attended the funeral of his cousin Donna who was killed suddenly in a car crash. Gone, just like that. She had just returned to Minnesota from Connecticut, having spent the weekend with her parents. Her mother was brought home from rehab after several weeks away; Donna […]

May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

  Today I have the honor of conducting my first communion service with the lovely residents of The Highlands in Westboro, MA. I used to be afraid to be with the elderly. Perhaps it reminded me too much of my own mortality which I was not ready to think about. Since my mother died 4 years […]

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Have you been reading this book and saying to yourself, “This is such a great book and I’m dying to talk about it with someone!” ? Well, we may have just the thing for you! Catholicmom.com is forming a virtual book club to discuss, chapter by chapter. Fr. James Martin, SJ’s bestselling new book, Jesus: […]

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

For the past 26 years I have lived in central Massachusetts. A bird watcher, I have sought in vain to find that “sweet spot” where the spring migrants congregate. I need not search any longer: I live in that sweet spot! Two years ago, across the street from my house, I experienced what experienced birders […]

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

When I walked out of Holy Family church that Sunday after having my throat blessed (see previous post), I had no idea what to expect. Over the past four years I had come to accept that my loss of voice was permanent. That loss became a part of who I am. Yet the blessing moved […]

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