My heart is breaking

I had to find a way to process the epidemic of gun violence. The sorrow and anger are overwhelming me. As I usually do when I’m hurting, I turn to writing poetry. My poems allow me to say what I need to say. The poetry may not be all that good as far as style …

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May Altar

May Altar

I will begin with a disclaimer—I do not have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. I do, however, revere her and ask her intersession frequently. Now having said that, I wish to share a childhood memory.  One thing I loved to do as a girl was to keep a May Altar for Mary during …

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Dad at St Joe's

Walk Down Memory Lane

One very mild day while visiting my Dad, we decided to go to the site of his childhood parish church and cemetery–St Joseph. The church was torn down years ago and merged with another small country parish whose church was torn down. A new church was built on that site. Though Dad is tottery and …

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Musings about visiting Dad

I am back on the farm where I grew up to visit my dad. Those of you who read my posts will remember that he celebrated his 100th birthday back in March. First I must say that he appears to be healthy. Of course there is always the caveat … for his age. No one …

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Snow in April

Mother Nature

April 19, 2022 We’ve all heard the adage that a woman’s prerogative is to change her mind. Well, it seems Mother Nature is taking full advantage of that, and I’m NOT happy about it. We’ve had weather in the low 70s already. Okay, that is a bit warm for here, but more welcome than the …

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Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022 Easter Sunday HAPPY EASTER!! I must admit that today’s liturgy is a letdown after last night. Today is more like a regular Sunday liturgy; the energy, drama, symbolism, and excitement of last night is missing. But the Easter readings are still beautiful! This morning, Peter, in an excerpt from Acts of the …

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The Easter Vigil

April 16, 2022 The culmination: The Great Easter Vigil Tonight, “when heaven joins with earth”, we celebrate the greatest liturgy of the whole year—The Great Easter Vigil. There is nothing to compare with this liturgy! St. Augustine called this Vigil, “The Mother of all Vigils”, and he should know because he was a convert, and …

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Holy Saturday

April 16, 2022 There is no Mass today until sundown. We continue to wait and pray and ponder. On this day, we should take several moments to rest in the tomb with our Lord. If we have had a good Lent, then we have died to harsh words, quick temper, selfish behavior, cigarettes, alcohol, or …

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Good Friday

April 15, 2022 Good Friday Several times in the Gospels, Jesus tells his disciples about his death. He warns them that he will suffer torture, be abandoned, and put to death. Today we remember the day his prophecies came true. Today is the only day of the Church’s calendar on which no Mass is celebrated. …

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Holy Thursday

April 14, 2022 The season of Lent ends with the setting of the sun and we begin the Triduum with Holy Thursday. The readings for today are the same every year. We celebrate the dual meaning of today—Eucharist and Service. First, we read from the Book of Exodus about the Passover—how the Israelites readied themselves …

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