I have three adult children. And, I must confess....I didn't want them to grow up. But alas, they did anyway. We've had our "moments" along this journey of growth and transition, and in learning just what that means for us in our relationship with each other in the newness of their … [Read more...] about Nurturing the Special Relationship between Parents and their Adult Children
There is so much that I love about this post. It really moved my heart. The essence of Theology of the Body is contained so clearly within this blogger's beautiful articulation of a mother's concern for her children. As human persons, we were created for total, free, fruitful, … [Read more...] about Blogger asks: Are We Starving the Hearts of Our Children?
Linked here is the absolutely beautiful new "Novena for a Happy and Faithful Marriage", appropriate for both married and engaged couples taken from the writings of the great St. Jose Maria Escriva. St. Jose Maria had a magnificent understanding of the communal, nuptial, one flesh union and … [Read more...] about For a Happy and Faithful Marriage
“Mary….Are you my mother?” Dr. Mark Miravalle quotes a well-loved children’s book, relating it to Jesus’ mother, Mary, offering the opportunity to each reader to ponder whether or not this is a true statement, and how it applies to each person. If you have any hesitation about this, I bet you just … [Read more...] about “Meet Your Mother”: A Brief Introduction to Mary by Dr. Mark Miravalle (Book Review)
Here's my endorsement written for colleague and friend Gary Zimak in his newest work "From Fear to Faith: A Worrier's Guide to Peace". “Though scripture teaches us to avoid fear and be at peace, we are surrounded with a world that brings fear and anxiety, causing tremendous mental (and physical) … [Read more...] about From Fear to Faith by Gary Zimak
Do you have a devotion to the Divine Mercy and a desire to live it out as Jesus asks, but find yourself a bit overwhelmed as to how to begin? Have you ever looked at the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy - 14 in all - and for a fleeting moment thought, "I truly want to be merciful and … [Read more...] about “You Did It To Me”: A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action (Fr. Michael Gaitley) – Book Review
Peace and Good Author: Jacob Gulino [an imitation of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Easter Communion"] Tattered grey habits together thread by iron-on patches Each pre-dawn, stomachs taxed by fasting, the slim pages flip Branching croak-throat hymns to the Vine Whose graces drip Myrrh-laced incense … [Read more...] about Poetry to ponder….
How often do we desire to be delivered from a situation that is causing us pain and suffering? Or we desire the deliverance of one that we love? I propose to you that, rather than focusing upon the circumstance from which we seek deliverance, we prayerfully turn our hearts, desires, and intentions … [Read more...] about Deliver Me, Jesus – Praying the Litany of Humility
Have you ever been warned to avoid asking the Lord for humility - because He will certainly provide the opportunities for you to be humbled? I certainly have! And yet, I still ask Him because I desire with all my heart to unite myself to Him to the extent humanly possible - and this … [Read more...] about Little Moments of Crucifixion
Diary of St. Faustina: Deeds of Mercy-Pray for Your Enemies My daughter, in this meditation, consider the love of neighbor. Is your love for your neighbor guided by My love? Do you pray for your enemies? Do you wish well to those who have, in one way or another, caused you sorrow or offended … [Read more...] about Loving Your Neighbor When You Don’t Want To
In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, I would like to share one of my most favorite prayers which has sustained me in time of need. V. O God, Come to my assistance. R. O Lord, make haste to help me V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in … [Read more...] about Prayers in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
I've been pondering on something that maybe some of you will be able relate to. Ready? Here it is: The bathroom sink is a mysterious vessel, but one which may hold a lot of wisdom (or a lot of strife) - 0r both. Whether shiny and new, or old and honed, it is witness to the … [Read more...] about How Telling is the Bathroom Sink?