Archive for October 2011

Hiding from God in Plain Sight

Hilarion (291?-371) became a Christian at the tender age of 15 and went to live with Anthony of Egypt (251-356) to learn the disciplines of a monk.  Unnerved by the crowds  that came to Anthony for help, Hilarion returned to Palestine where he gave away his inheritance and built a hut in the desert. Like... Read more »

Sitting in the Pew with St. Isaac Jogues

My husband and I became “roamin’ Catholics” after a debacle with our pastor over our choir.  We attended several churches over the next few years.  Our choir would occasionally get a chance to sing, but we never found a permanent home.  Most choirs and cantors were reluctant to even give up one Mass a month... Read more »

Being Bullied ... Really

October is a crowded month.  Hispanic Heritage and Breast Cancer Awareness is but two of the many causes being touted.  It is also Bullying Prevention Month.  Something I know a little bit about. All through grade school and high school I was bullied.  I guess I could list the “usual” reasons why I was bullied.... Read more »

Dear and Glorious Physician: St. Luke

One of my favorite authors growing up was Taylor Caldwell.  My friend and I devoured book after book by the prolific author. Today, on St. Luke’s feast day, Caldwell’s hefty paperback edition of Dear and Glorious Physician sits nearby, in remembrance that I never finished reading it.  The book took the author forty-six years to research... Read more »

Voice of a Saint: Ignatius of Antioch

I am writing to all the churches, telling everyone that I freely die for God, unless you should prevent me.  I exhort you not to perform any unwelcome kindness for me.  Let me be given to the wild beasts, for through them I can attain to God. I am God’s wheat.  I am ground by... Read more »

All That We Have

All that we have and all that we offer Comes from a heart both frightened and free. Take what we bring now and give what we need. All done in his name. Several years ago, our choir was rehearsing this song before Mass.  The pastor was in the church and immediately began to criticize us.... Read more »

Voice of a Saint: Teresa of Avila

A friend was surprised to find St. Teresa gorging herself on a partridge.  “What would people think?” she asked.  “Let them think whatever they want,” said Teresa.  “There’s a time for penance, and there’s a time for partridge.” There’s no doubt St. Teresa was practical in living a Christian lifestyle.  A girl’s gotta do what... Read more »

Repeat After Me: I Am Worth More Than Many Sparrows

Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” – From Today’s Gospel, Luke 12:1-7 Video reflection on today’s Gospel reading from the USCCB web site.

How God Hid Himself In A Man's Heart

I was given a free subscription to a popular women’s magazine when I made an online purchase.  It was a magazine that I read avidly in the 1970’s. As I flipped through the pages, I became increasingly uncomfortable with what I was reading and seeing.  A fashion magazine shouldn’t be about sex, should it?  It... Read more »

My Husband's Voice

I think every married couple (no matter how long you’ve been married) tunes out their spouse’s voice at one time or another.  You either know what’s coming next or at those very rare times, you just don’t care.  I’m always in rapt attention when my husband speaks, just like he is with me!  (Cough!) When... Read more »