Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls Mary's conception in St. Anne's womb without sin. The belief is that for Mary to be the God-bearer, she had to be perfect, thus born without original sin. At the same time, scripture reminds us that she was very much human.… Continue reading Why Mary?
In anticipation of All Saints Day this Friday, our bedtime routine included a riveting rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In." After Shea, my three-year old toddler, marched and danced around the living room, I asked her, "Do you know what a saint is?" Shea stopped, smiled, and said, "St. Francis." This answer surprised… Continue reading In the Company of Saints
As the calendar turned to June this past weekend, it marked the start of Pride month, a time to uphold and celebrate the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride started as an effort to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which were a response to a police raid on a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, in New York… Continue reading PRIDE: A Faith-filled Response for Life
This series of posts will focus on lessons taught by an incredible daughter to her admiring parent. "I'm a good girl," said Shea, my 2-year old toddler said in response to her sleeping in her own bed the night before. "Of course you are," I responded. "You are always good." This isn't the… Continue reading Lessons from a 2-year old
Where is God? We tend to ask this question in moments of tragedy and loss. Most recently, the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Today, there are civil wars, refugees seeking shelter, persecution because of gender and sexual identity, natural disasters, violence in the name of religion, among many others. Many rest their… Continue reading Where is God?
Somewhere He is doing something lovingly to you, even when what you experience is only hurt. Is He carving out a cave to dwell in? If so, the cutting away of rocks might hurt very much and you might not be aware of the space He is creating for Himself. -Henri Nouwen, Love, Henri: Letters… Continue reading IN THE HURT, FINDING GOD
You know the feeling. It is deep within your stomach, your gut. It guides your decisions if you pay attention. If you ignore it, you often regret it. In a moment of indecision, someone has surely said, "what does your gut say?" We give this concept of "gut" a great deal of credit. We do… Continue reading FOLLOWING YOUR GUT