Archive for January 2015

Today is Thomas Merton's 100th birthday

Today is Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday.  Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915- December 10, 1968) was a Catholic convert who became a Trappist Monk, a writer and even a peace activist.  Why does Merton still matter? I am probably the only Catholic who hasn’t finished The Seven Storey Mountain.  (Don’t judge.)  I got distracted, put it... Read more »

Reasons to rest on a Sunday

I am from an era when everything was closed by 5 PM on Saturday and all day Sunday.  Not a gas station, grocery store, department store or anything else I can think of was open.  Sunday was truly a day of rest and for family. What happened?  Women joined the work force (I only knew... Read more »

Act of Contrition by Perry Como

Those of us of a certain age will remember the singer, Perry Como. I owned many of his records growing up. This one was my favorite: My friends and I watched his television specials over the years even though we had embraced Rock n’ Roll, the British Invasion and folk music. Once I get on... Read more »

Do you praydream?

                            Do you praydream?  I had never heard of this term until I read Vinita Hampton Wright’s article, Imagination and Praydreaming. As an only child, daydreaming was how I entertained myself.  I had imaginary friends and a whole life outside the real... Read more »

How to use Facebook for prayer

                How to use Facebook for Prayer, an article written by Annie Turner for Busted Halo caught my attention right away. There are days when I spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook.  I have to admit that I don’t pay a lot of attention to my friends’... Read more »

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Today, January 22, is the day established by the church as a day of penance for abortion.  It is officially called, “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” In today’s liturgy the Collect reads: God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of... Read more »

Are you friends with your boss on Facebook?

Are you friends with your boss on Facebook?  My boss and I had this discussion the other day.  Fortunately, we both agree that we will not be friends on Facebook. We’ve both seen our names in the “people you may know” on our news feeds.  I have no idea how Facebook knew that we knew... Read more »

Are you married to your soul mate?

Are you married to your soul mate?  To be honest, the phrase, soul mate makes me gag. Long before I met my husband, I thought I had met my “soul mate.”  I was blindly in love and thought we would be together forever.  “Blindly” is the key word here because I chose to not see... Read more »

Saint Expedite, patron saint of procrastination

Saint Expedite, patron saint of procrastination
A few weeks ago, while entering our church I saw a stack of prayer cards on a table.  I found out through one of my Facebook followers that Saint Expedite is the patron saint of procrastination. I have found my patron saint! The prayer on the other side of the card is intriguing: Saint Expedite,... Read more »

What is your prayer routine?

What is your prayer routine?  I have to admit, mine is not very impressive when compared to Brandon Vogt’s!  The fact that he engages his small children is award-winning parenting. Here is my night time ritual that I do before I go to sleep: In the name of the Father and the Son and the... Read more »