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New Year Brings Change, Like It or Not

New Year Brings Change, Like It of NotOut with the old, in with the new! As we welcome the promise of the New Year, let us not forget all that God provides. Everything God gives us is a gift, right down to every breath we take.

Many times when we experience struggle and illness, we want to push the pain away as soon as we can, and forget the incident. Out of sight – out of mind! We certainly do not consider struggle and illness as gifts coming from God! However, that is not necessarily true. Even times of difficulty can be a gift from God. It Continue reading

Time for Reflection – Making that New Year’s Resolution

Time for Reflection With every years’ end, we tend to enter a time for reflection. We assess our lives, our dreams, and the course we are on. We look to see where we need to make changes; therein lies the proverbial need for the “New Year’s Resolution.”

I bring you suggestions for how to approach making your New Year’s resolutions this year – resolutions that will last! These suggestions might be considered as slightly off the beaten path; nonetheless, they are a path work taking.

Rather than:

  1. Going on a diet to lose weight, try to better understand why you Continue reading

Winter Blessings Bear Much Fruit

Winter Blessings We officially entered the winter season last Wednesday, and are now in that time of year when life slows down dramatically, in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We welcome the opportunity to come in out of the cold and seek the warmth of a roaring fire. Unlike many people, I love this time of year! I appreciate a good snowfall, especially when I get to stay inside, all cozy and warm. As an avid reader, I love sitting by the fire, curled up with my favorite afghan and a good book. I appreciate the solitude that Continue reading

Saint John of the Cross, Carmelite – Feast Day Celebration!

Saint John of the Cross St. John of the Cross, a 16th century saint, is most well-known for working with St. Teresa of Avila at reforming the Carmelite orders of priests and nuns. John of the Cross received his Carmelite habit in 1563. Upon obtaining his habit, he immediately asked to live a more austere life than his fellow Carmelites of the day. John sought to live a life more in line with the original meaning of being a Carmelite. In John’s day, the Carmelites had grown accustomed to the amenities of the 16th century. By living a more austere life, John Continue reading

Facing Fears in Uncharted Waters; A Call to Action

Facing Fears As we head into uncharted waters with President-Elect Trump, many people fear for their safety and livelihood. These fears are not as “unfounded,” as President-Elect Trump’s son, Donald Jr., would like us to believe, based upon an interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes. These fears are real. Whether you are a person of color, a person of the Islamic faith, a family member of illegal immigrants, a woman, a family in need of health care coverage through the Exchange, or a disabled person, people may be negatively impacted by his statements/proposals, if they come to fruition.

Advent – A Time of Preparation: Repent & Wait with Joy

advent wreath Yesterday, we began the season of Advent, a time of preparation, repentance, waiting and joy. Sunday’s second reading from Romans 13:11-14 tells us to clothe ourselves in virtue:

Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and Continue reading

“Meat in the Gravy” – A Tasty Correlation to Life

Meat in the GravyI have this recipe that I like to make at this time of year. We call it Meat in the Gravy.  It is a recipe that my husband got from a friend’s father back in the 1970’s and it’s been a favorite of our family for decades! As I contemplated making it recently, I drew a correlation of Meat in the Gravy to that of life.

Those meaty chunks represent those big moments in our lives: the births, graduations, weddings, etc. The seasonings and spices represent the flavor of the stew, but are also those occasions that added Continue reading

Autumn Winds: Hearts Afire – Is Your Heart Afire for Christ?

autumn-winds I love this time of year, when the leaves turn from green to magnificent hues of gold, orange and red; when the air turns crisp; and the holidays beckon. It’s my favorite time of year! For me, this is the last autumn of my life, as I turn 60 in March, and will enter the winter of my life.

Time is short, and every seasonal change reminds me that my time on earth is limited. As the seasons change, I take stock of what I have accomplished and where I have fallen short; where I have excelled in virtue and Continue reading