Christian living

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Does healing from God require an active role on your part?

Does healing from God require an active role on your part?

Part of the Thursday Small Success Series on Catholicmom.com – this was definitely a success for me! Read on … * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I […]

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

For millennials and boomers alike: Waiting was never this good! “The In-Between” by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is an old soul in a young body. How else can I explain his wisdom? One would think his latest book, The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing would be geared towards millennials, people his own age. Yet I found myself relating just as easily to it. And […]

Mother and daughter share their faith together at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference

Mother and daughter share their faith together at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference

Originally posted on The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA:
Chris Farmer went to her first Gather Us In women’s conference in 2007. “I was just blown away the by magnitude of the number of women who were gathering to learn more about their faith,” she says. Looking around the room teeming…

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…

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. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

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. […]

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,…

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