Archive for November 2011

Sex, Politics and a Really Good Confession

“Why would a woman admit to such a thing?,” my husband asked me after hearing on the news that another woman came forward admitting to having a long-term affair with Herman Cain. “Confession is good for the soul?,” I questioned back, somewhat facetiously as I looked to see if Gloria Allred was lurking in the background of... Read more »

WARNING: Depressing Article on Christmas Family Traditions!

I know it’s the season to be “merry,” but while trimming the tree yesterday, I had some ugly memories of Christmases past.  My parents fought over the tree every year.  It was ridiculous.  Each year though, I would try to look forward to putting up the tree and decorating it.  I was always hopeful that... Read more »

Lord, I'm Not Worthy To Receive You ... Oops I Mean ..

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and... Read more »

It's a Christmas Tree. Period.

My colleague, Dennis Byrne, here at ChicagoNow wrote an excellent article on Rahm Emanuel’s “inclusive” and “welcoming” decision to call the Christmas tree in Daley Plaza a “holiday tree.” “The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern.  It’s origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas... Read more »

PETA Has Gone Beyond Loony

I love animals.  I got my first dog when I was six. But as much as I love animals, I think PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has lost their mind.  A recent article about PETA’s latest ad had my head spinning and my stomach churning! Matthew Archbold’s (of the National Catholic Register) article hits the nail... Read more »

No, I am Not Shopping on Black Friday

Are you going shopping today?  Did you go out at midnight?  Did you get up at 3 AM?  Did you scour the sales papers for the best deals?  Were you triumphant when you stood in line and got the bargain you had hoped for? Not me.  I am staying home, staring at my laptop, writing... Read more »

Be Unconventionally Thankful

Be grateful today for the many blessings in your life:  family (no returns anyway!), friends (they make up for the crazy family!), food (even if someone didn’t make it just the way YOU like it) and the roof over your head (even if it might need a few repairs). If you are shopping, please be... Read more »

Religion Versus Retail: How Are You Preparing for Advent?

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Today’s Gospel contains some very powerful words, but I don’t think I know a Christian or Catholic who hasn’t experienced some kind of hatred for their beliefs.  I... Read more »

Can the Catholic Church Really Re-Evangelize Our Young People After the Scandal?

This picture of Alejandro Flores is a child’s worst nightmare.  And yes, that is a priest’s collar he’s wearing.  He was ordained despite continued evidence that he had a fondness for young boys.  The article in Sunday’s (November 20) Chicago Tribune will make you ill when reading it. After Mass Saturday, I picked up a... Read more »

Lovely Lady: Keep Teaching Me How to Pray

Dearest Mother, Today, on the feast day of your presentation, I believe all our thoughts are geared toward the upcoming holidays.  People are preparing to cook this week and to start their shopping for a gift-giving holiday that is supposed to celebrate the birth of your Son. I know you like being in the background.... Read more »