Archive for May 2013

Jesus and the woman at the well

My favorite story in the gospel is Jesus and the woman at the well or the woman of Samaria (John 4:7-42).  It is the story of a woman who is so shunned by society that she fetches her water at a time when she knows no one will be around.  But then she encounters Jesus.... Read more »

Learning to Ride a Bike Again

At sixty-one years of age, I’m learning to ride a bike again! I haven’t ridden a bike in about fifteen years, so this should get interesting. My new found interest came about when one of my daughter’s friends left her bike at our house for nearly a year. Just as I had it cleaned, oiled... Read more »

Fourteen Questions I wish I asked my Mother

There are a lot of questions I wish I asked my mother.  I don’t know if she would have answered me truthfully though.  We had a contentious relationship our whole lives. After writing about the questions I wish I asked my Dad, I started thinking about what I would ask my mother.  See the gallery below.... Read more »
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Seven Questions I Wish I asked my Dad

My dad was anti-union and I never knew why.  Back then you didn't have to join if you didn't want to.  He could have made a lot more money, too.
Recently I’ve been thinking about questions I wish I had asked my Dad while he was alive.  He died over twenty years ago and had he lived, he would be well over 100 today. See the photo gallery below to see the seven questions I would ask him today. Please join me and other Catholics... Read more »

The Outward Signs of Faith

The Outward Signs of Faith
There are many outward signs of faith.  My love of jewelry has grown to reflect that.  Most times I wear a cross around my neck sometimes even a crucifix (a true sign of being Catholic!). When my mother passed away, I found an outpouring of her Catholic faith that stopped me in my tracks.  When... Read more »

Pentecost Sunday in Two Minutes and Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church

Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Catholic Church.  As we celebrate that and the descent of the Holy Spirit, let’s keep this in mind: If we want the world to take Catholicism seriously, we must first take it seriously ourselves. That means making radical changes to the ways we live our lives. We need... Read more »
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Four Random Thoughts That I Need to Work On

I need to use this prayer more often.  Like every day.
I was going through my phone when I found these screen shots of four random thoughts I apparently thought were important enough to type up at that time.  Looking back at them reminds me that some things don’t change … unfortunately. It was a good reminder because I had forgotten about them, so now I... Read more »

Do you believe in evil?

Do you believe in evil?
Do you believe in evil?  Pope Francis is talking a lot about evil these days. Evil is usually linked to a serial killer, a man-made attack on innocent people or someone who decides to kill their entire family.  Or Kermit Gosnell.  What I’m talking about is a much more subtle evil that is in our every day... Read more »

Is saying F*ck you worse than God d*mn you?

Is saying “f*ck you” worse than God d*mn you?  Telling someone to fornicate themselves seems a bit obnoxious, but telling God to damn them is pretty extreme.  Think about it. I remember having a complete meltdown while taking care of my mother.  I shook my fist at the heavens and yelled, “You better make her... Read more »
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Mother's Day 2013 and the Celebration of Mary

Santa Maria Incoronata (on the left). The statue was made in 1904. St. Anne and Mary on the right.  SMI just returned to St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church after a long stay at the "spa."
Mother’s Day 2013 is only a few days away.  It brings to mind that as Catholics we celebrate the month of May in dedication to Mary.  I remember even as a little, non-Catholic girl, that May belonged to Mary! For me personally, Our Blessed Mother was just what I needed.  I was terrified to have... Read more »