“It affected her forever”

I wasn’t familiar with late Amanda Peterson, an actress who tragically died of a drug overdose in July, but I saw an online article stating that the toxicology report revealed, the former actress had multiple prescription drugs in her system, including anti-anxiety medication, an anti-psychotic medication, pain medication and opiates. She also had marijuana in her system. It would have been just another sad Hollywood story until, as I read further, her parents revealed that for more than thirty years “Amanda carried a secret that affected her forever” The “Can’t Buy Me Love” star was raped at the age of 15. Her mother added; “I think it affected her forever” “She became more defensive, less trusting,”...

There’s Redemption in Ravioli ~ Redux

There’s Redemption in Ravioli ~ Redux

    This post is a replay from last year, but I was reminded of it since the hour draws near for this massive undertaking. I would pay someone to take my place…but according to the latest text from my sister…she’s not buying it.  “…the date for making the ravioli is Sunday, the 21st… Be there. NO excuses.“ Ugh. ——–  —– ——- There’s redemption in ravioli; but before you report me to the online theology police, let me give you some background on my thesis. I have five days left to prepare before the onset of this yearly tradition that has been in my family for generations. My sister and I have been making this homemade ravioli recipe virtually all our lives....

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and my sinful hands

    The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men…Luke 24:7     This is a Scripture I often recall as I take communion to the hospital on my pastoral care day; for after all … this is what I am, a sinner and yet ~ The Lord allows me the privilege of working along side Him–meeting extroidinary people who, in their sickness and suffering, have blessed me beyond measure.    The halls of the hospital are foreboding; sometimes I feel their heaviness like a weighted fog that hovers it’s threat of loneliness, grief, suffering and death. And that’s when I ‘m thankful that wrapped in the case against my heart is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. It’s into this darkness I...

For the Love of Jesus, Antonella and Kings

For the Love of Jesus, Antonella and Kings

  The Miracles of St Francis of Paola  Peter Paul Rubens c 1627-1628     Reading the life of St Francis of Paola, (whose feast the church celebrates when it doesn’t fall in the Octave of Easter), you might think his main mission was to perform wonder-working miracles and prophecy. He seemed to have authoritative power over nature like Jesus.   With a command, “in the name of charity,” he moved boulders opened springs from rocks, healed the lame, blind, deaf and raised the dead….   Once, in 1464, when refused passage by a boatman to cross the Straight of Messina to Sicily, he laid his cloak on the water,   tied one end to his staff as a sail, and went across the strait with his companions following in the...

The Year of Faith: Jump Out of the Boat

The Year of Faith: Jump Out of the Boat

    Jesus Walking on Water François Boucher Cathédrale Saint-Louis (1766) Versailles   What if God challenges us to jump out of the boat in this Year of Faith ?   What if He allows people to cross our path who are very different than our usual familiar acquaintances, who have questions we think we have rehearsed answers for, that pull us out of our comfort zone and make us look deeper into ourselves than we’ve looked in a long time. We study, we pray, we think about those who are without the Lord and assure ourselves that if only we get that chance to talk to them, we’ll reach into our pocket of prayer and memorized Scripture and tell them just what they need to know.   Saturday was just such a day for me. On my way home from...