The Carmelite Way(s)

| April 15, 2022

One of the things that has long amazed me and given me joy is how there is room for everyone in the Catholic Church. We have people of all races, from almost every imaginable culture celebrating their faith within the Church. We have different Rites for different cultures and different traditions. Most western people think […]

It Matters

| June 25, 2021

I was listening to a Christian radio station recently, and I heard a song in which the singer mentioned sinning and said “It doesn’t matter” because of salvation. I can’t remember the title of the song, or the group that sang it, so I can’t look up the exact lyrics, sorry. Every time I turn […]

Just Talk

| March 8, 2021

The vast majority of us like to talk more than we like to listen. A lot of time, listening looks a lot more like waiting to speak. As we grow in maturity, we learn to shut our mouths and listen to others with interest, even when we’re not really interested in what the other one […]

Go Tell Aunt Rhodie

| July 25, 2020

The old grey goose is dead. What’s more is that we know how she died: in the milk pond, standing on her head. We know this because the song gave us a visual image. I was in kindergarten when I got the gruesome details of the pitiful death of a goose. Every single day I […]

Some rules for a happy marriage

| November 9, 2019

I will let you in on a secret: my Charming and Patient Husband and I don’t fight. Maybe it’s because we were older when we started off, and had gained wisdom. Maybe it’s because we were older and too tired to fight. Maybe it’s because it’s sometimes felt like us against the world. Or maybe […]

Morning Praise

| September 27, 2018

  Jesus My Deliverer,My Delight,My Daily Bread  

Psalm 23 and the Sacraments

| August 29, 2018

It wasn’t till almost the end of the week that it occurred to me that the Psalm distinctly prefigures the Sacraments. (I wonder what these Evangelical speakers would have thought about that.)

Below I offer first, the Psalm with one word connections to the Sacraments; and below that, my reflections on those connections.
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Why I Am Glad I Sought a Sjogrens Diagnosis

| August 27, 2018

I’ve realized that this is the view of a lot of people, including many people who have the condition. “Ok, so you’re thirsty. Do you need a diagnosis to drink more water?”  It isn’t that simple. Well, for some maybe it is. But after that experience, I wasn’t really sure where to go after my […]

Chivalry Isn’t Dead

| May 5, 2018

I was listening to the Drew Mariani show on Relevant Radio, and he talked about a time when a barista took offense because he offered to buy someone’s coffee. The someone was a female. As is often the case, in the name of progress, someone took umbrage at a kind gesture. On the show, he […]

What the Opthamologist Taught Me about Art

| May 21, 2017

A few months ago, just after my 50th birthday, I went for my biannual ophthalmology appointment. The doctor said, among other things, “Well, your cataracts aren’t progressing too quickly.” Wait, cataracts? The way she worded it revealed two things to me. 1: I had cataracts. 2: She had known it since at least six months […]