Like a Grumpy Dwarf- Blind to Beauty

Sometimes a person must not only hear the truth but see it dramatized either in someone else’s’ life or even in the life of a fictional character in a book. Blind to Beauty As I was reading the series, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis for the fourth time, the ridiculous behaviour of the dwarves literally slapped…… Continue reading Like a Grumpy Dwarf- Blind to Beauty

Welcome the Outsider

The attitude of each and every parishioner affects the atmosphere of each individual parish. It is not just the priest who sets the tone. Granted, it takes a concerted effort to reach out to strangers in our midst at Mass. It is so easy to retreat into our own private prayers and ignore outsiders. However,…… Continue reading Welcome the Outsider

Stand Inside the Fire

Sometimes God will imbue a secular musician’s lyrics with His Spirit. A few years ago, my six daughters and husband sensed a palpable Presence of God sweeping like waves through an adoring crowd as country-western composer Garth Brooks belted out the lyrics to the song “Standing Outside the Fire”. Twenty thousand people leapt to their feet, singing…… Continue reading Stand Inside the Fire

A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit

We all like to be in control — especially mothers, I think. We even try to control the action of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and in the lives of our children because we don’t always see events through the eyes of faith. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in…… Continue reading A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit

Coming Out of the Cave

The worst possible fate for me would be to die only to discover I had not lived in reality but in a false existence created by both society and my own ego. Reality can only be found in God, lived in the Mystical Body of Christ, in and with and through the Holy Spirit. I…… Continue reading Coming Out of the Cave

Holy Laughter

When people think of a Catholic saint, the first image that comes to mind is a sad, pale, thin figure, often tortured and in pain, or looking as if he was wearing a hair shirt. Traditional Catholic art has reinforced this impression. Recently I was looking for images of smiling or laughing monks. Hundreds of images popped…… Continue reading Holy Laughter

Children taught Me Gratitude

A  writing prompt asked writers what would be the most difficult things for you to leave behind in a burning house? Well really, the only objects I consider to be important are photos of family, my computer, passport and ID, a bible and bank card, assuming that I am wearing my wedding ring and gold…… Continue reading Children taught Me Gratitude