Category: On Life and Writing

Popes I’ve Known

 August 23, 2022

Let me begin by saying, no, I’ve yet to meet any pope. However, as a life-long Catholic and one in ministry in the church throughout my adult life, I am acquainted with the popes of my generation, as well as previous generations. As a Catholic, I’m aware that popes, even though they live far away […]

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When Body and Spirit Go in Opposite Directions

 August 5, 2022

We are bodily spirits. I’ve often read of the need for the body and spirit to align. We are told we need to listen to our bodies as well as our spirit. But what do you do when your body and spirit go in opposite directions? The Spirit is Willing … I don’t want to […]

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What Would I Do If I Didn’t Read?

 June 7, 2022

I’m on the elliptical at Planet Fitness chatting with a new friend. When she asked me what I did, I told her I was a writer. To which she replied, “Oh, I don’t read.” I thought to myself, “Is that possible? How could someone not read?” Now let me clarify. This is not someone who […]

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Waiting for God

 May 31, 2022

Mom stood there, holding onto her walker, agitated, afraid, lost, unwilling to sit down. “Sit down, Mom. We’re fixing snacks,” I tell her but she doesn’t sit down. “Where am I?” she repeats. When I try to explain, she keeps saying, “I don’t understand.” I tell her, “We’re at Vista,” Mom’s retirement community. However it […]

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The Vagaries of Spring in Michigan

 May 11, 2022

I’ve lived in Michigan all my life. I’m well aware of the vagaries of spring in Michigan. And yet, every spring I struggle just the same. The calendar says spring starts March 20. We all know the lie in this. There is still snow yet to fall, even a late March or early April snowstorm. […]

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What are the Benefits of Writing a Spiritual Journal?

 April 29, 2022

Writing a journal is generally recognized as a helpful, healing, process. This can take many forms from a daily diary, a dream journal, a gratitude journal, a travel journal or an artistic journal. However, what is the difference between these journals and a spiritual journal? And what are the benefits of writing a spiritual journal? […]

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Who Was Worse? Judas or Pilate?

 April 8, 2022

This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Christians throughout the world will be remembering the last days of Jesus’s life, leading to his death and resurrection. These are high holy days for the Christian community as we retell the old, old, stories which include a vast array of characters. Stories need villains to make […]

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What’s In a Name?

 February 1, 2022

What’s in a Name? Over the course of my life, I have been called by many different names, some flattering, others, not so much. Grade School St. Mary Grade School.  First Grade.  Sr. Rosarita sends one of her students to Sr. Stella’s third grade class.  Her mission:  to procure a pair of scissors. Sr. Stella, […]

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Does the Name We Use for God Matter?

 January 27, 2022

What’s in a name? Does the name we use for God matter? Is God by any other name less God? Some state an emphatic yes. Others are equally strong in declaring no. As for me, it does and it doesn’t. Auditory, Visual or Kinesthetic Learner I’m a visual, kinesthetic learner. I learn best by reading […]

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Meditation on Martha and Mary – The Choice

 January 18, 2022

This week I’m taking a break from my usual posts to have some fun. Join me in a journey to Bethany when Jesus walked the earth. Feel the hot sun beating down on you, the dusty road below your bare feet. Smell the odors of the crowd and taste the flavor of sweet bread newly […]

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