Learn a lesson from the fig tree and have no fear

Learn a lesson from the fig tree and have no fear

  When it’s branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.   In the same way when you see these things happening,   know that He is near, at the gates. —Mark 13:28-32   You have to be totally blind these days not to see how the Word of God is proclaiming the reality that “only His Word is the foundation of all things.”1   Everything we have trusted and put our hope in to build our lives, has and will continue to prove false. All of our self-made gods— exposed— “incapable of being the refuge and hope we designed them to be.”2   Terrorism, the full flowering of the sexual revolution, consuming fear of speaking any clear truth; these are the wages required by the...

All Rise

It’s been a good and healing thing to look back through music at the many years the Lord guided me as a young Christian. He’s not finished yet. And here I am still Catholic with all my heart and soul. Revisiting the joy of my years as Protestant not only didn’t pull me away from my Catholic faith, it inspired my frail human heart to once again try and grasp how deep, how high, how wide is the Lord’s love for me, for us. Most of the challenges to growth in my Christian life are all about facing fears. It’s how I know the healing music tour is of the Holy Spirit. God is not a permissive parent as many today might have us believe. If you expose yourself regularly to His word in prayer– He convicts, He cuts, but sends the immediate...

Why then, are we afraid?

Why then, are we afraid?

  It hardly seems worth the effort to post these days; what with the upheaval from the new health care bill to the atheist interviews with Pope Francis…I’d like to find a Cistercian Abbey somewhere and retire in silence. Only, it’s almost December and time to cook the ravioli. My sister would hunt me down. I caught a glimpse of the title of my blog this morning when I put it in the search engine on my iPhone and was reminded why I started this in the first place. It was this bit from the book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization Thomas E  Woods, that inspired me three years back,   “In the 16th Century The Bell of the Wanderer was a special bell that rang every night to call to the wandering traveler or anyone overcome by...

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

  Christ and the Two Followers on the Road to Emmaus Alonzo Cano between 1635 and 1650     When I was a young girl, I’d bring my litany of complaints to my father, and he’d tell me ~   Complaining won’t change the problem, and it won’t change people. Everyone else will sleep tonight — but you.   I thought of my dad’s wisdom after reading the Holy Father’s message from his morning Mass earlier this week.   Pope Francis preached about the Gospel story from St Luke about the two disappointed disciples on the road to Emmaus after the death of Jesus.   Complaining frequently can become an obsession that obscures the presence of Jesus in difficult situations, Pope Francis has said.   They were...

The Heat Has Been Turned Up in the Kitchen

The Heat Has Been Turned Up in the Kitchen

    I don’t write well in the swell of emotions. It’s like being wired wrong for a few days and having to wait on the Lord to sort it all out. On the day of the election, I had a sick feeling in my stomach, a sudden realization that things in this country were about to change in a profoundly spiritual way. We were about to cross a line. I don’t know about it being economically irreversible, others write more proficiently about such things, and I seriously doubt that’s the crux of the matter.   There has been a moral and cultural sickness prevalent and palatable in this country for many years, warned about by many a great “watchman on the wall”, yet ignored, rebutted, rebuked, and ridiculed by the masses,...