Spiritual

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

Changes

Change is good–or so we are told. Yet change is scary. My life is changing, and I am feeling that I have lost control. My husband and I sold our house. We’ve lived in it for over 38 years. Now it will soon belong to another couple and I am sad. The process of downsizing, …

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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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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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Wednesday of Holy Week

April 13, 2022 As the tone turns darker still, we are given yet another excerpt from the Suffering Servant Songs of the prophet Isaiah. The servant uses his “well-trained tongue” “to speak a word” that will rouse the people. For this he will be tortured. The psalmist calls out in torment because he has become …

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Tuesday of Holy Week

April 12, 2022 “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb” announces the prophet Isaiah in another excerpt from his Suffering Servant Songs in today’s reading. The Psalmist declares, “On You I depend from birth, from my mother’s womb You are my strength.” We know from the Infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke, …

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