• A Great Time to be ALIVE

    Over the past handful of weeks I’ve received emails or other sorts of notifications about new types of services (and technology) that’s available for my use – and I have to admit that now that I am looking these options over, it’s a bit mind-boggling! But boggling in a good way of course.  There’s just SO MUCH out there intended to assist us in our day to day living and new conveniences seem to be showing up each day in my inbox.  I will be the first to admit that when not used properly, many (if not most) of these conveniences can contribute to a sense of laziness or even…

  • Book Recommendation

    Over the summer I have been flying through the books – rekindling my love of reading which was, for several years, a bit stifled or limited — relating only to my studies or my work.  I was determined that over the summer months I would expand my horizons once again and I have found myself pouring through books of many different genres from fiction to memoir, fable-based to mystery, historical to enlightening.  I am pretty pleased with my picks!  I wanted to take just a moment to recommend one of the books that I brought home mid-summer that I had been considering for a few months (not sure when or…

  • Deliberate Derailment

    Just when I get on a roll and feel like everything is falling into place and a good routine is established, I get derailed.  I have often thought of this as a flaw of my nature, being unable to continually follow through with whatever I know should be a practice in my life – whether that’s praying the rosary each day, publishing a blog post, exercising, or daily meditation.  Perhaps you find this to be an issue as well.  As the days, months, and even years roll by, you can’t help but notice the cycle of ‘having your act together’ and then not.  Or maybe you view it as a…

  • Coincidence?

    I’ve had quite a bit of time this week to ponder quite a few things – some relevant to day to day life, others to my spiritual life, and still more that are tied to my life and journey in general – and I keep finding myself coming back to this one, singular, complete thought (not something new, but a reminder, so to speak):  There are no coincidences. Life is not random; full of chance encounters and events.  If we carefully contemplate our life, all of our choices and the many paths and pursuits we’ve dabbled in, we must admit to ourselves that God has His hand in every aspect…

  • Your “Sparkle”

    I was gifted this trendy little ‘sign’ this past Christmas – note what it says – “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle”!  Like so many other catch-phrases, logos, slogans, and pep-talks, it seems to imply that you have a special sparkle, no matter who you may be, and that you shouldn’t let anyone put a damper on that.  Let it all hang out — shine baby shine — you be you!  Perhaps there’s something to be said for that.  It certainly sends a positive message in a manner of speaking.  Not long ago I was inspired to actually hang it up (it had previously been relegated to a shelf with…

  • The little bit of Pilate within.

    I have had this thought on my brain all day today — and I really need to get it out.  It’s getting late and I haven’t even had time to make dinner yet.  The stomach is growling.  But the thought persists and will not be denied!  Bear with me here while I fill you in. This morning while walking and pondering the sorrowful mysteries as I said my mental rosary – I had one of those ‘ah-hah!’ moments that have been popping up quite frequently lately.  Moments where I gain insight based on looking at something from a perspective that I hadn’t considered before.  This morning that perspective had to…

  • Mind over Matter

    I’ve noticed over the past months … or few years … that just when I start to feel settled and at peace, someone throws a monkey wrench into the works and shakes up my world.  My initial emotion is generally resentment or hurt over the situation (depending on who and what it involves) and I’ve come to recognize these sort of feelings for what they are: purely selfish.  But alas, they are FEELINGS and being human, I really can’t prevent them.  But what I can do is not dwell on them.  Not let them overcome me.  Not be consumed by them.  It’s not as easy as it may seem or…

  • Write your plans in pencil …

    And give God the eraser. April was going to be my month to whip this website into shape.  Get my documents completed and uploaded.  You know — all the little duckies in a row.  Needless to say that hasn’t happened and it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon.  Maybe May?  *sigh*  I am hopeful.  I have so many personal distractions at the moment that I feel completely scatter-brained!  But I haven’t forgotten this endeavor.  And I haven’t put aside the goals associated with it.  And I haven’t forgotten the many, many, many people who have requested access to the information from my workshops.  I promise — soon.

  • The Light is on for you …

    Today, from 6-9 PM across the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available in every parish church.  What a wonderful opportunity for those who have perhaps been away from this sacrament for a long period of time to become reacquainted with it – and for those who perhaps have difficulty coordinating their schedules to the limited times available to receive this sacrament otherwise.  The mercy of God is such an incredible gift offered to us.  Take advantage this evening.  The weather may look daunting, but the snow is supposed to stop shortly.  Give yourself plenty of time to get there, and take plenty of time to prepare. …

  • When your character is challenged.

    There inevitably will come a time when you find that your character is being challenged – perhaps by someone you know, or even someone you don’t.  For whatever reason, you’ll discover that non-truths have been said about you.  Even when these fabrications are subtle, relating to circumstances or situations in which you are involved (rather than being about you, personally), it can be quite hurtful.  Our human reaction is to defend ourselves, our loved ones, our actions, our reasoning.  When our knee-jerk reaction is to fire back, argue, or return the challenge, it’s probably best to take a step back, gather in a deep breath, and count.  To ten, twenty-five,…