Archive for December 2010

Maria Goretti

I’m usually a positive person, but sometimes even I wonder about our world.  The thing that troubles me the most is our young people.  Especially young women. It hurts me to my very core when I hear about young, bright women dating and sleeping with the worst guys you could dredge up out of the... Read more »


Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.  He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.  He stood up to... Read more »

John Neumann

“Everyone who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has a work.”                                                               – St. John Neumann... Read more »


It seems like five minutes after Christmas “officially” ends, the stores start taking down the decorations and putting the clearance signs up for the Christmas related products.  It’s sad really.  Months of planning and preparation come to an abrupt end.  Maybe it’s because people are worn out by it all and they’re just glad it’s... Read more »

Remembering My Dad

My father came to this country in 1924 at the tender age of 17.  Alone. I know he worked for the railroad for a time and Marshall Field’s during the depression.  He said one of the best days of his life was when he gave Marshall Field’s notice that he was leaving.  He was appalled... Read more »

What Would You Ask God?

My daughter and I were having a conversation about asking God questions when we get to heaven.  Of course, what’s been on her mind lately might not matter when the time comes, but it got me thinking about the whole concept. What would you ask God if you were face to face with him and... Read more »


We overlook Jesus’ stepfather, Joseph a lot.  The patron saint of fathers seems to quietly stay in the background until someone wants to sell their house and decides to bury him upside on the property in question.  Oh Lord! Yesterday I wrote about Mary, but it got me thinking about Joseph.  This quiet man (he... Read more »


From Luke 1:46-56 (New American Bible): Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has... Read more »

Fulgentius of Ruspe

“Christ made love the stairway that would enable all Christians to climb to heaven.  Hold fast to love, therefore, in all sincerity, and give one another practical proof of it.” – Fulgentius of Ruspe (468?-533) Practical proof of love?  Oh!  Does that mean pretty baubles and eBooks?  Probably not.  I think the key word here... Read more »

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

… And Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  (Luke 2:19, Catholic Women’s Devotional Bible NRSV) Today’s readings tell us how the shepherds tell Mary and Joseph what they heard about their child.  As young parents, they must have been overwhelmed in more ways then one.  But Mary treasured these words... Read more »