Tag: faith

My memories of 2020

I walk my daughter's dog every day.  Early in the pandemic the neighborhood artwork began to reflect what was happening.
On Thanksgiving my editor over at CatholicMom.com published my article My Top Ten Blessings of 2020.  To some, it may have been a bit premature, but considering how this year has been going, I felt by November, nothing was going to top the number one blessing on my list. In October, I wrote about my... Read more »

Will we still be friends after the election?

Will we still be friends after the election?
As the long presidential election finally comes to a close, I noticed that some people on Facebook are hoping the contentious posts subside.  I think it’s going to get worse.  The supporters of the candidate that lost will have sour grapes and conspiracy theories for the next four years. One of the things I think... Read more »

The Faith and Wonder of a Child: My Own Attempts to Deepen My Faith

Over the years, the faith and wonder, I had as a new convert attempting to deepen my faith were pretty childish. I read everything I could get my hands on (retained very little of it!) and I was constantly looking for ways to learn more about my faith. I’ve slowed down quite a bit, but... Read more »

In My Thoughts And in My Words

Recently I was preparing to write a post and as I started to write, my own words sounded familiar.  I did a search on my past blogs and what do you know, I found this post from 2010!  I’ve improved. *cough* “I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I... Read more »

Mark Wahlberg on Faith, Family, Hard Work, and What He Prays For

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Since I’m not a celebrity follower, I had no idea that Mark Wahlberg was Catholic.  I had seen an interview with him years ago describing his gang banging days and jail time and never thought anything of it. After seeing this clip, I have a new respect for the man.  He did change his life... Read more »

Tis the Season to be Meaner: Fa la la la la la la la la!

I wrote this last year, but I think it’s worth repeating (besides, I LOVE Matt Dillon!): “I went to bed last night mean, and I woke up meaner.”  Marshall Dillon, Gunsmoke Tis’ the season to be, well meaner.  A lot of stores are asking for donations to various causes, but it seems that when a... Read more »

I Once Was Lost ... Now I Find the Strays

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14) Jesus talks about becoming a child to enter the Kingdom of heaven and whoever receives a child in His name receives Him. I used to think differently about these readings when I first converted.  I used to think that it was more about reaching out to children and... Read more »

O You of Little Faith, Why Did You Doubt?

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 14:22-36) Jesus reaches out to Peter and in faith, Peter walks on the water.  When Peter becomes frightened, Jesus reaches out and saves him.  Jesus also chastises him when he says, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Peter is the rock on which our church was built, but... Read more »

Rules And More Rules

I’m often amused when people say that Catholics have too many rules.  And a lot of Catholics are “Cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose the rules they are going to follow.  We live in a society of rules whether we like it or not.  There are laws that we have to abide by as well... Read more »

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 »