Seven things I am extraordinarily grateful for

On a beautiful spring morning walk with our dogs, I was grateful for the flowers.  It's been a long dreary winter without color.
Over Lent and Easter, I would have moments where I would be grateful for certain things.  After a time, I would say to myself, “I should remember this.”  When I did, I was able to come up with seven things I am extraordinarily grateful for. Seven might sound like a low number, but I’m sure... Read more »

How I found enlightenment at a Peter Frampton concert

My oldest son and I attended a Peter Frampton Concert at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve never seen Peter in concert so I was excited and so was my son. It’s been a challenging Lent and I have been struggling not only with the weather (all rain/no sun!) but with my... Read more »

Actually Lent doesn't have to be depressing

My son and I went to The Art Institute of Chicago to see their new exhibit, Saints & Heroes.
Like a lot of people, I had a rough start to Lent this year.  I guess Lent shouldn’t be easy, but I discovered that actually Lent doesn’t have to be depressing either. On an exquisitely beautiful Chicago day, I found some Lenten joy: I know … I didn’t take any pictures of the armor (there... Read more »
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How I got myself back into Lent this year

My husband and I volunteered to accompany the Stations.  After Mass, I prepared myself for the journey that was to come.  Stations of the Cross is a long standing Lenten tradition.  Participating in Stations every week keeps my focus during Lent.  Photo by Pam Spano taken at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago
I wrote a post about how I was just not into Lent this year and Amy from Prayer Wine Chocolate suggested that I work on the sequel, “How I got myself back into Lent this year.” That gave me a lot to think about and as Lent progressed, I found myself drawn deeply into this... Read more »

I am just not into Lent this year

This is the flu bug that was going around.  I didn't have the flu, but I did have pneumonia.  I wonder if I can blame my illness on my lack of enthusiasm for Lent.  Okay, maybe not.  Photo by Pam Spano.
I always have the best intentions when Lent starts out, don’t you?  I try to keep it simple, so that I don’t get overwhelmed or end up just being frustrated, but I am just not into Lent this year. I don’t know why.  I just don’t have any ambition for it.  No excuses, just an... Read more »

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
This past Sunday’s readings struck an uncomfortable chord with me.  Especially Matthew 6:26-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” The fact that I had to do the readings... Read more »
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The most powerful prayer you can possibly pray

The most powerful prayer you can possibly pray
Years ago, I came up with the most powerful prayer you can possibly pray.  It was out of necessity and desperation that I began praying this way.  I wrote about it for CatholicMom.com and that article was re-published in our February 5, 2017 church bulletin. Though it is a practice that I do quite regularly, I never... Read more »

Two things I can do this Lent

Two things I can do this Lent
Every year I debate about what I’m going to do for Lent.  This year, as I recover from pneumonia, I started checking other Catholic bloggers to see what everyone was planning. Last year, I focused on my physical health and I hope to get back to that routine before Lent.  Weather and illness has kept... Read more »

Six things I learned while I was sick

Six things I learned while I was sick
I’m never sick, but recently I caught some unrelenting nastiness that landed me flat on my back for one full day and sick for five.  In my fevered, congested state, I had the time to reflect and learn a few things.  Here are the six things I learned while I was sick: I love to... Read more »
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Social media has left my heart broken

Social media has left my heart broken
Since the seemingly never ending presidential campaign and when the election was finally over, I have watched people debate and argue on Facebook. Social Media (actually the people in it) has left my heart broken. The worst part is, not only have I lost respect for those I don’t know, but more importantly, I have... Read more »