I am unabashedly a woman of faith and it informs most of my writing.

Wednesday of Holy Week

We continue to explore Isaiah’s Suffering Servant Songs today. Holy Week is when we are reminded of the requirements of discipleship. It is not easy to live a faithful life as God’s servant. Read today’s psalm. It is Psalm 29. If you place yourself as the speaker, it will be hard to put the words […]

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Tuesday of Holy Week

Today we are presented with another excerpt from the Suffering Servant Songs. Isaiah says the Suffering Servant was called from the womb—formed specifically by God in the womb to be his servant. As I said yesterday, we too have a special task. We were formed specifically by God in our mother’s womb, just like Jesus

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Monday of Holy Week

Another of the 4 Suffering Servant Songs from Isaiah is presented today. It speaks of a person set aside for a major task. He/She will cure, free, and console people. A common practice when setting aside someone is to anoint them. Jesus is anointed in today’s Gospel by a woman at a dinner party. We,

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Palm/Passion Sunday

Today is a day of contradictions. Our 1st Gospel reading recounts how Jesus is hailed by the crowd as he rides into Jerusalem. They wave flowers or palm branches and call him the Son of David. Then we are reminded by the great prophet, Isaiah, what happened to the Suffering Servant of God, foreshadowing Jesus’ humiliation

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5th Saturday of Lent

The prophet Ezekiel comforts the Israelites with God’s promise of becoming a united nation and dwelling peacefully in the Promised Land. Being an old farm girl, the image of tending a piece of land surrounded by friends is a heart-warming image. Where I live now, my husband and I tend a row in a community

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5th Friday of Lent

‘All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep,’ laments poor Jeremiah today. He really had a terrible life! Sometimes it is hard to find true friends; we get hurt or let down by those we thought were friends. We may feel like they are likely to pounce on any misstep.

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5th Thursday of Lent

In today’s reading from Genesis, God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. In his culture, a name was very important. The new name makes him a new creation. We were all given a name at our Baptism and another one at Confirmation (those of us who have celebrated these Sacraments) making us new creations. Think about

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5th Wednesday of Lent

The excerpt from the book of Daniel today tells us about three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and how they will not bow in worship of the king’s idol at the sound of any musical instrument. They refuse even though the punishment is death in a fiery furnace. I believe music should be a way

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5th Tuesday of Lent

A good and righteous man is honored today, St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus.  Joseph was a wonderful example of fidelity and fatherhood… but he never speaks a word in Sacred Scripture! St. Francis of Assisi is reputed to have said, “Preach always; sometimes use words.” St. Joseph didn’t need words; his

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5th Monday of Lent

Today we have two trapped women. In both cases the crowds are all too willing to believe them guilty of adultery, and feel a trial is unnecessary. Yet in both cases, an advocate steps forward. This should make us stop and examine our consciences. Do we judge without all the facts? Are we intimidated by

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