Mercy Enough For Us All

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge and you will not be judged.” Luke 6:36-37 I admit that I’d engaged in a bit of self-deprecation. I’d been emotional and angry, sometimes with reason and sometimes for no reason at all. I questioned my life’s work, wondering exactly what that might be. … Continue reading

Be Reconciled!

“…go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:24 When I became engaged, my parish priest provided all of the required marriage preparation. I appreciated this effort because I had known Father O’Connell since I was four years old and my fiancé had known him since high … Continue reading


Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to pray. From Matthew 6:8-9 Every morning when I wake, I habitually pray, “Thank you for the sleep!” Afterward, I crawl out of bed, raise the shades in our bedroom and read a page from my favorite devotional. That reflection … Continue reading

Me, too…

O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion, wipe out my offense… wash me from my guilt… From Psalm 51:3-4 During the busy holiday shopping season, I timed trips to the mall during the least busy hours. I engaged in “crowd avoidance” as much as possible because I didn’t want to grow … Continue reading

Perfect In God’s Eyes

I’ve engaged in a writing frenzy as of late. My husband and I will travel to Israel soon and I have to complete several of these reflections before we leave. I’m grateful that the scriptures are rich in inspiration. Unfortunately, I’ve hindered my own progress at the moment by fixating upon the last line of … Continue reading

A Place for Everyone

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44 A few weeks ago, a very dear person shared her heartache with me. She’d attended her aunt’s funeral. During his sermon, the zealous pastor rejoiced over the woman’s strong faith because it certainly earned her a place in … Continue reading