Archive for June 2014

Jesus stood still

“Jesus stood still.” That simple sentence can be found in the story of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52).  I was reading about this Gospel story in Fr. James Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage.  In Father’s book he mentions how a nun was deeply moved by that simple sentence and explains why. After Bartimaeus calls to Jesus a... Read more »

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus a novena used by Padre Pio. A novena is usually started nine days before the feast day, but you can do a novena any time. I am one of those people who can never finish a novena.  I always forget.  I forget to start it.... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Andrew Parish

What are you doing this summer?  My husband and I are touring Chicago’s beautiful churches. A while back I wrote about our choir being on hiatus for the summer.  Our first stop on our summer tour of churches is St. Andrew Parish. When I was growing up (and not Catholic) we lived in St. Andrew’s... Read more »

The Examen by Ignatius Loyola

The Examen by Ignatius Loyola is a simple form of prayer that is designed as a guide for inner reflection.  I kept running across it on the internet, so I’m assuming I need a little inner reflection. I shouldn’t be surprised by this.  God has a way of giving me what I need.  Lately my... Read more »

Why is ordinary time called ordinary?

Why is ordinary time called ordinary?  What does the Catholic Church mean by Ordinary Time? The seasons of the Church are (beginning according to the calendar year) Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time, Advent and Christmas.  We  have been in “ordinary time” since the day after Pentecost, but I don’t find it ordinary. Nothing can seem extraordinary... Read more »

Music is the soundtrack of our lives

“Music is the soundtrack of our lives.” – Dick Clark (or Berry Gordy, depending on who you believe said it first). Ever since I can remember, music has been in my life. My father could pick up any instrument and figure out how to play it. He was my first guitar teacher. Music kept me sane when I... Read more »

What are you doing this summer?

What are you doing this summer? Are you going on vacation? Are you staying home? Our choir will be on summer hiatus so that only means one thing for my husband and myself: Road trip! Whenever we get the chance, Dan and I like to go to different parishes and see what they are doing... Read more »