Archive for June 2012

Praying With Abandonment

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be... Read more »

Shh! I'm Praying in Secret and Doing Good Deeds!

Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise... Read more »

How Many Churches Do You Drive By on the Way to Mass?

And no, the question isn’t a joke. We drive by at least four (that I can see from the expressway).  Our old parish is one block from our house.  It was the church of my husband’s grandparents, his parents and us for the first ten years of our marriage.  And then it all fell apart.... Read more »

Purgatory on Earth

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The best explanation for Purgatory I ever heard was from Mother Angelica.  She said that we should think of Purgatory as taking a shower before we finally meet God because we want to be perfectly clean before that meeting. Watching this video showed me what a big baby I am.  I want to be comfortable,... Read more »

A Letter from a Daughter to Her Father on Father's Day

Dear Daddy, I just wanted to let you know that I love you so much and I am so grateful to be blessed with you as my Dad. I admire everything you do.  By far you are the most influential person in my life.  You set your goals high and you accomplish them no matter... Read more »

Ave Maria by Bobby McFerrin

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How about a little music this morning?

The Heart of Reconciliation

As I sat down to write a post about today’s Gospel, I opened up my June Magnificat to find Caryll Houselander’s amazing essay. She put into words what I could not about relationships that I struggle with.  I immediately downloaded one of her books for free at Barnes & Noble, entitled “A Rocking Horse Catholic.”  (Picture... Read more »

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

“The very core of Christianity is expressed in the heart of Jesus; in Christ the revolutionary “newness” of the Gospel is completely revealed and given to us:  the Love that saves us and now make us live in the eternity of God.  As the Evangelist John writes:  “God so loved the world  that he gave... Read more »

God is Dead || Spoken Word

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There will always be agnostics, atheists and the indifferent to religion.  So far in this country, I’m still free to be Catholic. Before I was Catholic, I understood that you can’t always explain what you hold dear to your heart.  Now that I am Catholic, I still feel that way, so I’m going to let... Read more »

It's Officially Summer Here in Chicago: The Shootings Have Begun

If you are reading this and you don’t live in Chicago, then you may not have heard about the weekend violence. Looking at the addresses, the violence is all over the city and the age range of the victims is from 16 years old to 50 years old. The 16 year old was sitting on... Read more »