Nourishing your soul through Lent and beyond

Whether you use a cheap spiral ring journal with a cheap pen or something a little more high end, journal writing during Lent (or anytime!) is something that is always good for the soul.
We are almost done with Lent!  Maybe your Lent was successful, maybe it didn’t go as planned (mine sure didn’t!) or maybe it was mediocre.  Despite your failures or successes at Lent, nourishing your soul through Lent and beyond is still an option. I hope the rest of your Lent, is blessed! Please join me and... Read more »

How prayer has affected my life and the lives of others

St. Paul's classic statement about prayer.
I’ve spent some time reflecting and praying about the Parkland, Florida shooting.  I see a lot of people criticizing those who pray for the victims and their families or even the person responsible for the tragedy.  Apparently they don’t understand the power of prayer. Christians know that prayer works.  We know and understand that praying... Read more »

I found peace and serenity at St. Peter's in the Loop

The entrance of St. Peter's in the loop on Madison.
On a cold, wintery January morning, I boarded the bus and then the ‘L” and headed downtown where I found peace and serenity at St. Peter’s in the Loop.  I haven’t been to this church in quite a while. When I first converted, I would go to St. Peter’s during my lunch hour.  I would sit... Read more »
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What is vulgar?

There's nothing more beautiful then a baby's smile.  Especially when that baby belongs to you.  This is my daughter on her first birthday.
Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I saw something that I thought was truly vulgar.  I think because it was posted by a young Catholic mom, I was more upset then I would have been if it had been posted by someone else. Long before my conversion, I had a plaque hanging in my bathroom depicting... Read more »

What happened during the time I experienced Eucharistic Adoration

After the door closes the world stays outside.  We come to worship and adore him ...
I haven’t gone to Adoration in quite some time.  The opportunity afforded itself when I attended the SLS18 Conference here in Chicago the week of January 2-6. I settled in, started to pray, journal and just watch the faithful adore Him. What happened during the time I experienced Eucharistic Adoration?  I experienced my faith through... Read more »

Attending the SLS18 FOCUS Conference in Chicago

Here I am waiting for Mass to start on Thursday, January 4.
Blogging has its perks.  I usually get asked to read a book to review, but this time, I got an invitation from Barb Szyszkiewicz, editor at CatholicMom.com asking if I wanted to attend the SLS18 FOCUS Conference being held here in Chicago. FOCUS is the The Fellowship of Catholic University Students.  They are “a group of people passionate about... Read more »
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Tis the season to be merry

Macy's featured decorations from past Marshall Field's windows.  I was pleasantly surprised to see this black and white photo from the year of my birth!
Tis the season to be merry!  Or is it?  The world appears to have gone crazy with accusations of all kinds.  Some examples from my Facebook newsfeed: “If you disagree with me about (fill in the blank) you can unfriend me now!” (I wish I got money every time I read this one.) “You must be... Read more »

Seven simple moments that I'm grateful for

I gave up coffee to do a clinical study through UIC.  I had a health issue, so I had to drop out.  That first cup ... talk about gratitude!
In this month of gratitude, I started to reflect on the things I’m grateful for.  I’m blessed in so many ways, it was hard to narrow it down. I realized that sometimes there are just small things that happen throughout the day, that I tend to overlook.  It took me a while, but I finally... Read more »

Robert Ellsberg's The Franciscan Saints

Robert Ellsberg's The Franciscan Saints
I love to read:  novels, history, biography, autobiography and of course, books about the Catholic faith.  As a convert, I’m always discovering something that I didn’t know.  The journey never seems to end and that’s okay.  It keeps my faith fresh. Reading books about saints are always fascinating to me.  Ordinary people with extraordinary struggles... Read more »
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Random and unrelated topics I should have written crammed into one blog post

My fellow blogger, Howard, over at I’ve Got the Hippy Shakes messaged me the other day and asked if I was still writing for ChicagoNow.  He said it had been two months since my last post.  I hadn’t realized it had been that long! Not that there’s nothing to write about.  My fellow blogger, The Friendly... Read more »