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Sacred Heart, Sacred World

When I entered the Catholic Church nearly a decade ago, I was introduced to several devotional practices, one being the devotion to the...

Joy to the World

Today's Readings Jesus never promised that it would be easy to follow His commandments. In fact, a brief glance at the first reading for...

Our Relationship with God

Today's Readings In this third week of Lent, Jessica challenges us to reflect on what is keeping us from God so that we can spend more...

Soaking Up Love

Today's Readings This week has the most popular scripture passage for weddings! “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous, it is...

When Prayer Is Difficult

As a woman religious, prayer is central to my life. I have personal prayer time in the morning, and in the evening, I gather with my...

Finding God in the Laundry

In retrospect, the peak of my time doing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius was when I yelled to my spiritual director in...

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...

Maybe I'm not that bad

Today's Readings The “Golden Rule” is supposed to be simple. 1) Love God, with all of you, 2) love others, as much as you love yourself....

The Patron Saint of Sassy Women

A game I like to play with people sometimes is asking the following question: “If you could be the patron saint of anything, what would...

Wisdom and Faith

Today's Readings Today’s first reading begins with a wish familiar to many of us: pray to receive cautious guidance, plead and receive...

Who Is the Best?

Today's Readings When I was a classroom teacher, a grammar lesson on superlative adjectives was usually a humorous one. I would begin the...

Prayers for Afghanistan & Haiti

As I was getting groceries after Mass, the news alert popped up that the President of Afghanistan has left his country. It is a sign that...

Flip

We were greeters at our own wedding. When I first talked about it with my parents, they weren’t thrilled. The bride and groom don’t...

Finding God on the Cobblestones

Today’s Readings Palm Sunday is particularly dear to my heart. Years ago, I participated in the Tenth Forum for Youth sponsored by the...

Guided to Grace

This morning I had a rare opportunity for a prayer time, courtesy of the dog. She woke my husband and me up promptly at 6 am, panting and...

Learning Not to Look for Answers

Today's Readings Today’s Gospel reading contains a familiar and one of the most quoted verses, “For God so loved the world that he gave...