Always have an answer ready…

Always have an answer ready…

  Besides my normal visitation, I have been a regular at the hospital since last Friday, when I had to take my aunt in through the emergency room. If ever there were a place that needs to know the love of God is real…that– for sure–is the place. No matter how many times I’m there, it’s hard not to get swallowed up in the tornadic activity of every available medical person coming to the aid of the sick and injured. It’s very easy to lose that prayerful focus. And it occurred to me as we waited, why it’s important to daily be in the Word of God.. You never know when He’ll call on you to give an answer for the hope in you, right in the middle of the whirlwind.   Simply proclaim the Lord, Christ holy in your...

When There’s Something Dead in Your Life

When There’s Something Dead in Your Life

  Get rid of it. I’ve been planting a lot of seeds since I read this.   As a preacher was saying the other night, when we have a “loss” in life — when we fail in some way, or have a setback, perhaps a hurt, when we lose at something — we need to take this “loss,” detach from it, and plant is as a seed in the Garden of God. There it will flourish; there it will grow into something else.   Take your loss — your loneliness, your illness, your heartbreak, your loss of a job or whatever — and plant it as a seed in the soil of the Lord.   God honors those who don’t give in to the negative but instead use it to gain something else.   Take that loss, that disappointment, that dead thing and plant it....

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry

    I read Padre Pio, True Story Revised, about a year after I came home to the church and was a bit overwhelmed with the account. It had been 20 years since I’d even thought about a Catholic saint, though as a schoolgirl taught by the Dominicans, we had read our share of saintly biographies. Despite the fact that I’ve never really adopted him as one of my patron saints, somehow he keeps showing up in my life: cards over a patients bed in the nursing home, a Padre Pio book on a bed table in the hospital. I kind of got the message when a prayer card from the Capuchins arrived in the mail, so I set it on the refrigerator, reminding me to look to Padre Pio more often than when I need a special favor. What strikes me most about his life, besides the...

Strength and Hope for Today

Strength and Hope for Today

  The Resurrection Piero della Francesca c. 1460   If this is the pledge, imagine what the perfection will be!     But what does it say?   “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.   The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”   For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”...

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...