The skeleton in my car

The skeleton in my car

  This is a re-post which saddened me to read since my son has moved and I am no longer able to attend this parish when I visit. I’ve also been wondering how this parish is faring in the current climate of the Church where traditionalism and orthodoxy are seen as clinging to the past :   One of the blessings I have when visiting my grandson, is attending Mass at a very traditional Polish Catholic parish near my son’s house. Attending there, takes me back to a time when I remember the Mass celebrated with such reverence you left with a sense of awe, a time before it was so heavily influenced by the cool, indifferent Protestant characteristics I know so well. I spent twenty years in every kind of Protestant church community you can think of..I...

Christmas changed everything

Christmas changed everything

  But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might have adoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5     ” And this is how Christmas changed everything. By establishing the conditions for our adoption as children of God— By bringing about a certain identification between man and God and Jesus Christ.”   There is no greater gift than this. Merry Christmas.   +PAX  quote: Joy to the World- Scott Hahn, p...

New Year and The Heart of the Spiritual Life

  I’m happy the year is over. Not for any other reason than I’m always happy to make it to the end of one. As with every preceding year that the Lord has graciously given me…it’s been quite a ride; plenty of surprises but overall, so much to be thankful for. It is said that gratitude is at the heart of the spiritual life and the longer I journey though mine, the more I understand this basic but essential truth. It’s basic because it’s essentially a childlike quality, but it’s difficult because the older we get the easier it is to forget and the more we risk becoming self centered ogres. Unless we’re constantly on guard, life has a way of getting that monster to show his ugly face. So, as sands of the hourglass...

Catching Up, Praying Up, Thankful

Catching Up, Praying Up, Thankful

  Catching up ~ My apologies for the drought of posts. I’m completing my last course on morality for catechist certification and..it’s a bit of a doozy. My poor doggie looks like a white mop…No time for her regular hair trim. The menu for the week is….leftovers, and my mom says I’m rambling a lot lately. Wonder what she means by that. Praying up ~  for the crisis and recovery in the Philippines. Charity in Truth is one organization that will make a direct donation to typhoon relief the millions in our country who have had their health insurance cancelled or premiums skyrocket out of affordability..I am one of them. Trust in the Lord to provide for all we need as we approach the end of another year; taking spiritual inventory...

Did You Know

Did You Know

  That the symbol ‘@’started with the Benedictine monks? Thanks to Communio, for reminding me how important it is to slooow down in life.. –a Benedictine principle after all– and to realize that: “..things don’t fall out of the sky on to your plate, or your computer screen. A real person has had to dream and work out the tool used.” Take a moment to read this 2009 story from Wired, where you find out that, “the “at” sign most likely owes its origin to a monk with writer’s cramp.” For a clueless techie (I think that’s an oxymoron- no pun intended) like me…this is an amazing find!  “Our intellectual and religious history needs to be recalled and honored. Much of the world that uses email...