Archive for November 2010

Evil

Our church doesn’t talk much about evil.  I can’t remember ever hearing a homily about evil or the devil.  Evil is usually linked to a serial killer, a man-made attack on innocent people or someone who decides to kill their entire family.  What I’m talking about is a much more subtle evil that is in... Read more »

Values & Beliefs

Would you work for a company that had the opposite values that you did?  Would you work for a company that was against everything you stood for and believed in? I come from an era where you could quit one job, walk down the street and get another and the assumption was it was a... Read more »

Happy Birthday "B!"

Today our family celebrates a birthday.  The “baby” is not a teenager anymore.  She has grown into a lovely young woman.  A proud Catholic who follows her faith despite the fact that none of her friends (most raised Catholic and attended Catholic grammar school) do not.  How she does it, I don’t know. But I... Read more »
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I Confess

I confess I haven’t been to confession in a very long time.  I’m not sure why since the last time I went was a joyous experience. For some reason, something I did long before I became Catholic came back to haunt me.  I was racked with guilt.   I finally made an appointment with our... Read more »

Forgiveness

There are dozens of books on forgiveness.  Self-help type books that walk you through forgiving someone.  Jesus talks about forgiveness.  “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times!”  (Matthew 18:22 – exclamation point – mine)  We hear about someone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser and then to bravely declare that... Read more »

Martha, Mary, Jesus and Me

Today’s readings are about Martha, Mary, Jesus and me. “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  But Martha was distracted... Read more »
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Hail Mary!

I Hail Mary my way through everything.  It started when I was pregnant with our third child.  My husband and I were going through a tough time at our parish.  We were being treated poorly and after one very egregious incident we left. One day on the “L” I became quite ill and out of... Read more »

Is God a He or a She?

Is God a He or a She?  I actually laughed out loud while reading an editorial written by a woman on a rant about God being a woman!  Really?  Mmm … so how come Jesus told us to pray, “Our FATHER, who art in heaven?” When I was a child God was the old man... Read more »

Was Jesus Funny?

When Jesus walked this earth, do you think he was funny?  I know it’s an odd question, but sometimes I wonder. The Gospels are pretty dry and straightforward.  There are no back stories of what might be happening behind the scenes.  There are no moments of camaraderie.   But I wonder if our Lord didn’t... Read more »
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Time, Talent & Treasure

Time, Talent and Treasure.  These are the buzzwords in the Catholic church.  It’s the life blood of the church.  Volunteers keep the parish going.  You start doing something that needs to be done and it becomes your “job.”  But to you, it’s your ministry.   And then you get “fired.”  How can a volunteer be... Read more »