Archive for March 2020

Be grateful that you're bored during the COVID-19 pandemic

Be grateful that you're bored during the COVID-19 pandemic
The other night, as I began my prayers, I hesitated for a moment.  Then I prayed: Thank you Lord, for my being bored today. The reason I prayed that was because I realized I had the opportunity to be bored.  I woke up that morning, got dressed, walked my daughter’s dog, did the dishes, did... Read more »

A Prayer Service for the Community of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish

On Sunday, March 22, 2020 a prayer service for the community of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish was posted. I was pleased to wake up Sunday morning to an email and Facebook postings of this lovely video.  It made me grateful for technology and social media that we can connect in this way during... Read more »

Fridays during Lent most Catholics attend The Stations of the Cross

Fridays during Lent most Catholics attend The Stations of the Cross
Fridays during Lent most Catholics attend The Stations of the Cross.  This practice started in the 16th century and was known as the Via Dolorosa (Sorrowful Way), or  the Way of the Cross. Since some parishes are closed (like mine), you can still do this.  Here are two photo galleries I have done at two different... Read more »
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What can you do if you cannot attend Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Being away from the Eucharist is going to be difficult.  This is the prayer of the Act of Spiritual Communion.  It can be said when a person is unable to receive Communion.
What can you do if you cannot attend Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic? It was announced on Friday, March 13 that the churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago are closed for Mass starting March 14 and will be indefinitely.  It broke my heart.  When there is a crisis, gathering together to pray is something Catholics... Read more »

How would you survive being quarantined due to Coronavirus?

We have six people currently living in our house, so believe it or not, despite the jokes, I would stock up on toilet paper.  Obviously Amazon should address this issue of price gauging.  I've already searched the internet and there are better prices than this.
How would you survive being quarantined due to Coronavirus? No, I’m not sick, but I think a lot about what I would do.  It’s scary isn’t it?  That’s why I think a plan is probably a good idea. Here’s what I would do: I am not a worrier, but I know a few people who... Read more »

Are you having a joyful Lent?

Are you having a joyful Lent?
Are you having a joyful Lent?  I know.  It’s early, but I am!  How is that possible?  Isn’t Lent supposed to be depressing?  Sackcloth and ashes?  Refraining from the sweets we crave?  Moping around on Friday because meat is forbidden?  Looking dour and pious? I’ve been Catholic for over half my life and have mostly... Read more »
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What are you doing to prevent getting the Coronavirus?

What are you doing to prevent getting the Coronavirus?
What are you doing to prevent getting the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19)? One of the practices of staying healthy is washing your hands.  The consensus is that you sing Happy Birthday twice as you do this for the maximum affect of killing germs. While scrolling through Facebook the other day, I saw the suggestion... Read more »