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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m a Little Angry… or Maybe it’s a Power Surge

| March 23, 2009

You know how we keep hearing that sex ed is really health education, right? They say that Planned Parenthood is about educating young people about their bodies because those mean Christians would keep them in the dark. It isn’t really about promoting sexual abandon, it’s just about letting them have enough information to make their […]

The Reason for the Season

| January 18, 2009

It’s a phrase you didn’t expect to hear again for a while, isn’t it? We heard it again and again during Advent, and possibly even during Christmas season (for those non-Catholics here, I’m referring to the time between Christmas day — the Feast of the Nativity — and the Epiphany). And then, somewhere along the […]

Carmelite Final Promises

| December 18, 2008

You may have noticed I’ve been more absent than usual recently. I’m trying, in addition to holiday cleaning, to prepare spiritually for OCDS Final Promises. For those who don’t know, OCDS refers to the Secular branch of the Order of Carmelites, Discalced. A secular, sometimes referred to as “Third Order,” is a member of a […]

Catechism Highlights

| October 9, 2008

Some teaching worth reflecting upon as those of us in the United States prepare to vote: 1867 The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel,[139] the sin of the Sodomites,[140] the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt,[141] the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and […]

Daily Bread

| August 2, 2008

A thought:How often do I say “Give us this day our daily bread”?How often do I go to daily Mass and receive Communion? Hm. Maybe I need to work on that.

Two Scenes

| July 10, 2008

Picture, if you will, two scenes. In the first, Jesus is invited to the home of a Pharisee, where a notorious sinner cries on his feet in repentence, wipes them with her hair, and anoints them with oil. The Pharisee says to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what […]