Welcome to God’s Banquet!

Last Sunday before Mass began, I looked around the church at the many people who’d gathered to pray with me. I found myself moved unexpectedly by both familiar faces and those who were new to me. Our parish has a new Mass schedule which prompted many of us to rethink our Sunday routines and to … Continue reading

The Golden Rule

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life… From The Prayer of St. Francis Several years ago, when my husband and I visited New York City, we included the United Nations complex on our “must … Continue reading

Understand?

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand… From The Prayer of St. Francis Before my students arrived to begin each school year, I reviewed their records which included report cards and other pertinent information from their previous years in school. I wanted … Continue reading

Consolers All

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console… From The Prayer of St. Francis When my husband worked as a hospice chaplain, he never ceased to be amazed by his patients and their loved ones. Though their days were numbered in double or single digits, Mike’s patients often spent … Continue reading

Light The Way

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me so love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light… From The Prayer of St. Francis Throughout the days after the Las Vegas tragedy, law enforcement, newscasters and most … Continue reading

Glimmers of Hope

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me so love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope… From The Prayer of St. Francis It isn’t easy to maintain hope when hours-old blood spatters tint ones skin. Though many walked away from … Continue reading