Archive for February 2011

A Testament of the Tools of Faith

I overheard a young man spouting hate-filled things about religion.  He was raised Catholic and his parents by all appearances were very devout.  I think that’s what rattled me the most.  Where did all that hatred come from? But maybe it wasn’t hatred.  Maybe it’s anger or even jealousy.  Maybe his own life and the... Read more »

Catholic Or Jersey Shore?

When our god child made her First Holy Communion, my husband and I gave her a beautiful rosary.  I thought it would look pretty around her neck for the professional pictures that were being taken, but when her mother brought her to the photographer, one of the teachers made her take it off.  She was... Read more »

Mother Teresa's Antidotes to Pride

Speak as little as possible of oneself.  (I can probably do that.) Mind one’s own business.  (I can definitely do that.) Avoid curiosity.  (Maybe I’ll just skip this one.) Do not want to manage other people’s affairs.  (I can do this if it has nothing to do with my children.) Accept contradiction and correction cheerfully.... Read more »

Anne & Iyanla

Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not... Read more »

All Things Are Possible For God

I run after Him, a bit breathless, but I manage to catch up and stop Him.  “I need to ask you something before you go,” I blurt out. He smiles at me.  He already knows – I can tell from the glint in His eye, but He waits for me to ask anyway. I search... Read more »

Yes, I Am A Pagan!

Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body,... Read more »

The Little Children

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not... Read more »

What Will You Give Up For Lent?

What are you going to give up for Lent?  What sacrifice will you make for 40 days? Number One son and I had an interesting conversation about that.  He told me that Catholics who won’t set foot in church will dutifully give up something for Lent!  Why?  Perhaps good ole’ Catholic guilt that pushes them... Read more »

Blueprint For A Friend

A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings. Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant. When you gain a friend, first test him, and be not too ready to trust him. For one sort is a friend when it suits him, but he will... Read more »

An Eye For An Eye

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go... Read more »