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Today's Readings On this occasion of Father’s Day, we are blessed to be hearing what I feel is one of the truly great miracles of...

Realizations of Divinity and Imperfection

Years ago, during a nativity program at church, my eldest son played the part of baby Jesus in the manger and of course, I was Mary, and...

You Are My Shero

Shero - a woman who inspires you. A woman who has poured into your life, helping you become the woman God created you to be. Though an...

Thank you, Sister Monica

After teaching in Catholic schools for ten years, I have quite a few stories to share. One story that stands out, however, does not...

Wisdom's Voice - Ss. Timothy & Titus

Today's Readings On the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Jessica reflects on generational faith and encourages us to have faith...

Star, Witness, Renewal

Today's Readings I have been fascinated with stars since I was young. Why do they twinkle? Why do we wish on the first star of the...

To Be Family

Today's Readings For many of us, the holidays and Christmas season bring us together with our family members. This time with family can...

Giving Bones to Hope

On our way to 5 p.m. Mass on the first Sunday of Advent, my 4 year old complained that she didn’t like the dark. She also complained that...

Darkness/Light

For years, one of my favorite Advent rituals was to curate and post some version of the following on Instagram: There was something...

Christmas Tree Blessing

Of all the Christmas preparations I complete annually, decorating the Christmas tree is my favorite. Since my husband and I set a tree...

Baking Bread

I have always romanticized the idea of having freshly baked bread around all the time. During days of pandemic solitude last year, I took...

Dumplings, Companionship, & Passing Time

The first time I was pregnant, we called the baby ‘pierogi.’ As someone who loves to cook and shares that love with dear friends, we had...

In the Bleak Midwinter, There's St. Lucy's Day

I first encountered St. Lucy’s Day like I assume all little girls who grew up in the 1990s did; which is to say that I read about her in...

Christmas Traditions: Empire Biscuits

Growing up in a family with Irish and Scottish roots, shortbread is a dessert staple. The best shortbread consists of three ingredients -...

Remember Your Roots

A blog for women seems an unlikely place to find a reflection for St. Andrew. One of the fishermen called by Jesus to be fishers of men...

Family Tree - The Jesse Tree

When I was young, holiday time meant listening to stories about family, about my grandpa who was a firefighter, his brothers who were...

Giving Thanks

Today's Readings What would you say is your favorite holiday and why? For me, it has long been Thanksgiving. While I love the beauty and...

We Are All Called to Be Saints!

For as long as I can remember every year that I was in church ministry there would be a young child in the front pew at church for All...

The Nativity of Mary

Today's Readings Birth is a time that gives us the space to look back. Where have we come from? Matthew’s gospel begins with Jesus’...

Living the Wedding Vows

Today’s readings feel heavy. During this time of international strife and chaos, Jesus presents us with two hard teachings. Many people,...