Inspiration from Father Agustino Torres and St. Francis Assisi

Inspiration from Father Agustino Torres and St. Francis Assisi
Celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis Assisi (October 4) always brings to mind animals and nature for me. However, this saint went beyond that in his Franciscan Way. “It is in the giving of oneself that one receives,” is at the very core of everything this saint did. It seems simplistic, but my experiences have... Read more »

Facebook has lost its dirty mind

Facebook has lost its dirty mind
Recently, I got warnings on my Being Catholic … Really page that my post was taken down for “adult sexual solicitation.” The photo in question was a cartoon/drawing of a large coffee cup. People were running off a cliff and jumping into it. The title was, “Monday.” My caption was “Anyone want to join me?,”... Read more »

Traveling to Chicago

Traveling to Chicago
After what seemed like an endless pandemic and a brutal winter, Chicago is opening!  Outdoor activities, restaurants, worship sites, retail stores and museums are awaiting an eager public.  Myself included. Last year was filled with disappointments from the deaths of friends and family to the cancellations of travel.  Despite that, I felt blessed.  Immediate family... Read more »
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My second COVID-19 vaccine

My second COVID-19 vaccine
I received my second COVID-19 vaccine the other day. In some respects it was a nerve wracking experience. The countless litanies of side effects from various sources and friends had me a bit on edge. Some of those effects were, fever, chills, headache, nausea and of course, a sore arm came through on my Facebook... Read more »

I fell and broke my wrist

Clinic bandaged me up.
I fell and broke my wrist. Prayers would be appreciated.   Please join me and other Catholics (and some not-so-Catholics!) on my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. I also write for Catholic365.com on occasion, and CatholicMom.com every 4th Thursday of the month so take a moment and check them out. Type your email address in the box and click the... Read more »

What gifts will we bring the Baby Jesus?

What gifts will we bring the Baby Jesus?
On the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Magi brings the baby gifts.  In his homily, our pastor asked us what gifts will we bring the Baby Jesus.  My first thought was an Amazon gift card!  Getting past my materialism, I started to think about it seriously. Our Lord is brand new as... Read more »
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Pope Francis proclaims 2021 the Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis proclaims 2021 the Year of St. Joseph
The year 2020 will forever be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic for most of us.  For others it will be the year their spouse/relative/friend/acquaintance died.  That passing of our loved one was magnified by the inability to have families and friends gather to comfort and mourn together.  It all seemed surreal. As 2021 nears I... Read more »

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 »

Ten Years of Being Catholic Really

Ten Years of Being Catholic Really
On November 3, 2010, I wrote my first post for ChicagoNow under the name of Being Catholic … Really.  On November 4, I created the Facebook page with the same title.  Ten years later, here I am still celebrating, writing, creating and posting about the Catholic faith. The realization that ten years went by is... Read more »
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Reading books during the COVID-19 pandemic

Reading books during the COVID-19 pandemic
Reading has always been a part of my life.  I have my father to thank for that.  So when the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown first began in March of this year, I looked forward to two weeks of just reading book after book.  As you are well aware, two weeks turned into six months and counting.... Read more »