Archive for January 2013

The Altar Server

It was always a joy to see our children on the altar to serve God. This young man has an amazing perspective!

The Wedding at Cana

In today’s Gospel, Mary and Jesus attend a wedding in Cana, and at the prodding of His Mother, Jesus, performs His first miracle. John’s retelling of the story is a bit dry.  Mary says simply, “They have no wine.” and Jesus’ response is “Woman, how does your concern affect me?  My hour has not yet... Read more »

Totus Tuus: Totally Yours

The papal motto of Blessed Pope John Paul II was Totus Tuus (“totally yours”).  This statement of trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary is not an unimportant factor in reflecting on the life of this great pope.  John Paul, following the Marian piety of Saint Louis de Montfort, entrusted all his prayers and works to... Read more »
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Forgiveness According to Mother Teresa

Forgiveness is tricky business, but Mother Teresa puts it simply: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.... Read more »

"Les Misérables": A Commentary by Fr. Barron

This video commentary of Les Misérables by Fr. Barron is probably as close as I’m going to get to seeing the movie. I have to make a confession here, so to speak. I do not like musicals. I’ve never seen one all the way through. The other day, while flipping through the channels, West Side... Read more »

I Struggle With The Rosary

When I first converted I used to struggle with the rosary. I didn’t know any of the prayers (except for the “Our Father”), so just learning them were intimidating to me. I was the mother of two small boys and I would try and pray the rosary while they napped. I’d barely finish the first... Read more »
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The Faith and Wonder of a Child: My Own Attempts to Deepen My Faith

Over the years, the faith and wonder, I had as a new convert attempting to deepen my faith were pretty childish. I read everything I could get my hands on (retained very little of it!) and I was constantly looking for ways to learn more about my faith. I’ve slowed down quite a bit, but... Read more »

The Power of the Gospel: "UnSung Saints"

“Violence often seems to succeed where goodness fails to accomplish much.  Yet the power that endures is the power of the Gospel.  The world is full of “unsung saints” who achieve no public success but who persevere in living upright lives that accomplish the greatest of goals:  to see and dwell with God always.” –... Read more »

The Baptism of Jesus

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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Preparing for Baptism as an Adult: My Decision to Become Catholic

I was an adult when I made the decision to become Catholic and prepared to be baptized.  In fact I remember the exact date:  December 13, 1979. Those who attended, thought it was because I was getting married, but in reality, my then boyfriend and I had not decided to tie the knot at that... Read more »