Archive for December 2010

The Measure of a Man

“The measure of a man is how he responds to the word no.”  – #1 Son Reading John Kass’ well-written article, “Notre Dame Failing to Live Up to It’s Name (Chicago Tribune, 12/17) and the Tribune’s ongoing investigation into the alleged attack on Elizabeth Seeburg and her subsequent suicide brought this quote from my eldest... Read more »

Christmas Eve

I was thinking of Christmas Eves’ past.  Sometimes the evening would be a flurry of activity.  As our children grew older, it got quieter.  Our tradition was to only open gifts on Christmas morning. The only thing that remains the same is my thoughts.  I would eventually go to bed and lay there.  Like a... Read more »

Psalm 98

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. The LORD has made his... Read more »


What would Jesus do? On the warm, balmy Monday after Thanksgiving I found myself shopping in a store I used to work at.  I hadn’t shopped with them since I was laid off a few years ago.  I didn’t like the way I was treated (see my blog: so I decided to no longer... Read more »

Girls Night Out

When I really want to learn something and restore my soul, I do what a lot of women do:  Girls Night Out.  We get together once a month. We are wives, mothers, daughters, daughters-in-law and aunts.  We were drawn together by our grade school children and participation in school and church activities.  Those children are... Read more »

Giving A Book of Faith

One of my favorite things to do is read.  Since I’ve gotten an eReader I read a lot more.  I’ve even read things that I didn’t think would interest me and got surprised. Sometimes after reading a lot of fiction, I feel compelled to read for my soul.  I try to pick up things by... Read more »


42% of Catholics leave the church due to its teaching on abortion.  39% reject the idea of abortion according to a recent study by Rev. Andrew Greeley. I wasn’t always pro-life.  I was from an era that when you got pregnant you just went and had an abortion.  I remember watching a soap opera during... Read more »

Dearest Mother

Yesterday I inadvertently ignored Our Lady with my profound blog on what I really wanted for Christmas.  I didn’t realize it was the feast day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I am an idiot.   Usually in the morning I read the daily readings, so I would have... Read more »

A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it... Read more »

Shepherd Me, O God

One of my favorite hymns is Shepherd Me, O God by Marty Haugen.  Mr. Haugen gave the well-known Psalm 23 a beautiful and gentle melody with lyrics that stretches the simple words of the original. “Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.” Death into life?  Shouldn’t that be... Read more »