• Some Resources for your Quarantine.

    I am sure that many of you have been bombarded with emails from every possible business, your parish, schools, and more – with plenty of suggestions for how to save more, shop better, and fulfill some of the space left by social distancing and quarantine.  I wanted to just toss a few suggestions out here that might be of use to you.  Just a limited few.  You already have extensive collections of information to pour through, but I wanted to share a few links that I’ve visited recently that you might find of value. Diocese of Pittsburgh Live Stream — Mass, prayer, and more. Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy —…

  • Pandemic Pondering

    Who would have thought, just a few weeks ago, that we’d be where we are today, schools and businesses closed, students at home, social distancing, bickering on social media and message boards over the ‘crimes’ of our politicians and the parents who can’t seem to keep their kids at home.  For me, personally, I am hoping that this is an opportunity to be attentive to some things that have been neglected in the recent months.  Allow me to entertain you by naming a few. This blog and website:  I keep promising to blog more, to update faster, to add more – yet I continually get caught up in all that…

  • 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…

  • Pleasant Surprise

    It’s nice when things turn out so much better than anticipated – and when you try to view life through a faith-filled lens, you really do see God’s hand in what is happening around you.  It’s not easy to do.  We get so caught up in the details of our created, secular world, that at times we let our frustration with all of that consume our thoughts.  This week was a pleasant surprise for me.  It was the week of our summer religious education program at my parish.  I had some concerns about changes I wanted to implement and reactions that might not be very favorable.  I was anticipating a…

  • God is Good

    I have been a bit absent from the blog for the past week or two.  I am sorry to confess that there are times when life really distracts me from what I yearn to do!  But despite the pressures, problems, appointments, and everything else going on, I have been reveling in the abundant evidence around me each day that God is great and good.  I must admit that I am in quite a peaceful and serene place at this point in time — hoping that doesn’t change — but let’s not assume that this is coloring my perception!  😉  I have found quite a bit of joy in the simplest…

  • 33 Days

    I needed to take just a moment to congratulate the wonderful group of people who made their consecration to our Blessed Mother last night at the completion of the 33 Days to Morning Glory Parish Group Retreat.  I was so blessed to get to know these people over the last six weeks, to hear their thoughts, their trials and triumphs, their insights, and their experiences along the way.  It was definitely an adventure in faith that I will never forget and that will always remind me that THIS is exactly what I love doing and where I need to be.  My life is all the richer for having had this…

  • For your listening pleasure …

    Now that the weather has finally taken a turn for the better – I have been making a concerted effort to fit in some daily walking.  Generally, I am hit or miss when it comes to needing ‘entertainment’ while walking.  Most days it’s enough to take in the scenery or perhaps do some mental prayer while putting the miles behind me, but over the last week I kept feeling the urge to put in the earbuds and listen to music.  Each time, barely a few steps in, I would think to myself “You should have spent some time finding some sort of podcast or good audio file for spiritual inspiration…

  • Challenge and Change: Holy Anyway!

    All of the material that I intended to upload to the website for this retreat workshop topic – the one in the title – is now available.  Under topics you’ll find “Holy Anyway“- check it out if you want to read more about the subject of dealing with the challenges that confront you in life from a proper, Christian perspective.  Each of them (the challenges that is) should be regarded as opportunities to grow in virtue and holiness.  Easy?  Probably not if we’ve let our life become inundated with prideful living and a little bit of a sense of entitlement, but as with all else, practice makes perfect.  Once we…

  • The little things …

    Sometimes it’s the littlest of things that simply make my day.  Less than half an hour ago, on a mission down the hall to check out space and seating, I passed by the 3rd grade classroom in which I have spent a good deal of time subbing over the past several months.  They were getting ready for dismissal — the door was open — and I stopped for a moment to wave as many of them were writing on the white board in the front of the room.  They rushed to the door when they saw me with their arms outstretched for hugs, smiling, talking a mile a minute.  As…

  • Discerning Inspiration

    How do you know when the inspiration and excitement that you feel about the possibility of doing something new (spiritual practices, prayers, pilgrimages, retreats, volunteer work, or ministry) is truly inspiration.  Real inspiration.  Inspiration of the Holy Spirit variety.  This is one of the things that I wrestle with quite often.  I feel inspired, motivated, and ready to incorporate something new into ________ (insert various object here).  But then not long after, that fire burning within seems to be non-existent or at least squelched to a great degree.  I start to wonder about my inspiration and then doubt it altogether!  I have yet to find a tried and true method…