Six Ways to Build Community in Your Parish

| November 6, 2009

We’re outgrowing our church … and it’s all Fr. Felipe’s fault. Well, not fault. Credit. The fact is, we’ve had our pastor only a short time but he’s awakened so much of the parish. Since he got here, we’ve had a phenomenal adult retreat, several great retreats for teens, small faith communities forming, numerous Bible […]

Wubba Sesame

| November 4, 2009

In the spirit of Christine the Soccer Mom, and My Charming and Patient Husband, I will celebrate Sesame Street’s birthday by posting a couple of my favorite clips. I guess you could say I have a soft spot for the big cast all star numbers. I still miss Kermit, though. And I chuckle to myself […]


| October 24, 2009

Actually, educational psychology. We just finished the class today, so I’m two classes down. One more this semester, and then December off; after that, three more semesters till student teaching. I haven’t had much time lately to talk about what I’ve been learning, but I must say it’s fascinating stuff. We went through the large […]

Damien Father Damien – Letter

| October 11, 2009

In honor of Fr. Damien’s canonization, I would like to link to a marvelous letter penned by Robert Louis Stevenson about him. St. Damien, pray for us.

St. Anthony to the Rescue

| October 2, 2009

My Charming and Patient Husband has to carry a cell phone for his second job, driving dialysis patients to their appointments. Unfortunately, a month ago he lost the cell phone and we’ve struggled to find it, to no avail. This week, there were hints of threat from the boss regarding his finding it; it really […]

Absent with Leave

| September 30, 2009

(or at least an excuse.) I’m sorry, gentle reader, for my neglect. You see, we have recently undergone a certain life change in our home. To be more accurate, I’m the one who has changed status, from SAHM to student. I’ve gone back to school to study for a Master-In-Teaching degree. It’s all rather exciting, […]

A short Bible reflection on suffering

| September 11, 2009

Monday’s reading this week was interesting. In it, we see the value of redemptive suffering. Col 1:24–2:3 Brothers and sisters: I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his Body, which is the Church, of which […]

4th Stanza

| September 11, 2009

Today I’d like to post the often forgotten fourth stanza of the Star Spangled Banner. Oh thus be it ever When free men shall stand Between their loved homes And the war’s desolation Blessed with vict’ry and peace May this heav’n rescued land Praise the God that hath made And preserved us a nation. And […]

Ten Cents Worth

| September 9, 2009

1. The most important words in the English language are please, thanks, and sorry. If you can learn to use them regularly, your life will go more smoothly, you’ll have less need to make excuses, and people will like you better. Use them, and mean them. 2. Christians: when sharing your faith, ask yourself what […]

What’s your pledge?

| September 4, 2009

I pledge to protect the innocent young from abuse, infanticide, and abortion. I pledge to encourage my children to marry and have children. Lots of them. I pledge to wash my hands frequently, after every toilet trip, before every meal, regardless of the water it wastes. I pledge to fight for the rights of Catholic […]