Acts of Kindness

There is such a thing as happily ever after – The Critter Room: a microcosm of a perfect world

There is such a thing as happily ever after – The Critter Room: a microcosm of a perfect world

In a previous post I shared about a special community of lovers, one that revolved around a foster dad, a homeless pregnant cat dubbed Janine and her three kittens, Egon, Ray and Peter (known as the Ghostbuster kittens). I wrote about how this community pulled together in the wake of the loss of sweet Peter […]

Love and Service: All in the Proper Order

Love and Service: All in the Proper Order

This is my latest Concerning Women column in the Catholic Free Press. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In Matthew 22, Jesus gave the two great commandments: “Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all […]

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,…

A car crash, a hospital visit, a visit with my mother … just another day

A car crash, a hospital visit, a visit with my mother … just another day

A left turn onto a busy street. A car barreling towards me. A frantic beep of the horn. The crash into my door. My body slamming backwards and lurching forward. A guttural cry and the sound of rapid breaths. That was how my Tuesday began. I was nearing the office and took the left turn […]

Terrorism at the Boston Marathon: connections, reflections, evil and good

Terrorism at the Boston Marathon: connections, reflections, evil and good

Note: I am keeping this post free of images. I want the words to tell the story. The last five days have been utterly surreal. As a lifelong resident of Massachusetts now living in the central part of the state, our family has roots that go back to the Governor Winthrop fleet in 1630 when […]

What is it about Pope Francis that causes me to weep?

What is it about Pope Francis that causes me to weep?

“Habemus Papam! “We have a Pope!” Moments after the announcement an elderly man stepped forward, appearing a bit dazed and raising his hand in greeting. Far from a sweeping gesture to a large crowd, it was a simple “hello.” And his greeting to the crowd? “Good evening.” His face broke into a smile as he […]

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 […]

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 […]

True service is getting out of the way: wisdom from Prayers by the Lake

True service is getting out of the way: wisdom from Prayers by the Lake

On occasion while driving I will listen to the Ancient Faith Radio app on my iPhone. My husband, an Eastern Catholic and deacon in the Melkite Church introduced me to this treasure. Tuning in I can listen to glorious Byzantine chant sprinkled with prayers and sayings. One set of prayers frequently used is known as […]

Acts of kindness are alive and well

Acts of kindness are alive and well

This piece was posted on the Facebook page of my son Stephen who is 26. I asked him if I could share it with you. The next time the world starts to get you down with all the darkness, selfishness and cruelty that seems endless, think of little stories like this and remember that decency, […]

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