Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth defects. Less superstitious societies turned on each new group of…… Continue reading Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs
On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics…… Continue reading Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth
During Lent, God presents us with a fundamental choice. Will we choose to continue to live in our human illusions or will we allow God to reveal His reality to us? Will we cling to false pride or embrace true humility? All too often we think we are more humble than we really are, especially…… Continue reading Illusion or Reality? Pride or Humility?
1 In these first days of Lent, the Church shows us exactly how God wants us to pray, fast, serve His people and worship Him. The words from Isaiah 58:1-9 are like brilliant beams of light, cutting through any false notions we might have about this season of repentance that we call Lent. Often we…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Lent: What Does GOD Want From Us ?
Often we tend to think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when we do so, we become morose and end up centering more on our own sacrificial devotions than on God In these days of Lent, the Church shows us exactly how God wants us to pray. fast…… Continue reading True Humility
Ah, parents Aren’t we great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ parents who are in control, right? . Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up acting…… Continue reading The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome
Thoughts to Ponder I choose to surrender the clutter in my life, heart, spirit so Jesus will set me free from stuff and fill me with His Loving Presence. May the things of this world fall away, so I may fall in love with God. God can only fill the empty places. Grace does…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting Wednesday: Loving Lent
7 Quick takes on pride and humility 1 When I was a young Christian, I thought that humility and sanctity meant ascetic fasting and heroic acts of faith just like all the great saints. 2 I discovered later that these sorts of practices often focus more on self than on God. This attitude is actually…… Continue reading False Humility is Sneaky
Ah, mothers. Aren’t we great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ Mums who are in control, right? . Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up…… Continue reading Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?
I have a real life incident seared into my memory that has become a symbol for a common type of piety that I call a false martyr complex. A friend stood in a communion line, head bowed, shoulders slumped, one arm across her chest with her hand clenched. At first appearances she was a picture…… Continue reading The False Martyr Complex
I have become aware of a writing flaw, an annoying self-righteous, ego centric point of view, often found on mother’s blogs called Mummy Drivel. Mummy Drivel: definition Constant analysis of how to become a better mother combined with a narrow focus on self and one’s children to the exclusion of any other topic. Similar to other…… Continue reading Mummy Drivel
Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one,not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best? Like every other human being, I broke the most fundamental law in the universe without any conscious effort. I refused to accept reality. Instead I donned masks and…… Continue reading Sabbath Moments: Defying Reality