Preparing the Way

Advent is quickly approaching. I’m so concerned with November birthdays and Thanksgiving that it pretty much sneaks up on me every year. While it’s not all bad to be distracted by giving thanks, I should not forget to prepare the way of the Lord. Growing up, most years we had a wreath on our table and I...

Fortune Cookies

“You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems.” That was what I read on a fortune cookie message last week. Along with it came “six lucky numbers” for playing lottery—which I never do. Years ago I was introduced to Chinese restaurants here in the States. I still enjoy an occasional meal...

Saint of the Day: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

From our popular Saint of the Day! Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized; she became a U.S. citizen in 1909. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ. Refused admission to the religious order which...

The Journey of a Lifetime

I am home from Italy, nearly recovered from jet lag, and still floating in a bubble of knowing that I encountered God in so many ways during the time that I was there. I recovered parts of myself that I thought were lost forever. I could be open, honest, creative, spiritual, vulnerable. I laughed–and...

Benedictine Spirituality from a lay person: Conversatio (part 6 of 7)

There is no definitive interpretation of the meaning of “Conversatio,” but one that stood out and had the greatest impact for me concerns the daily acceptance of our human condition: We are human; we are not perfect; we make mistakes; we will at times fail.  As someone who knows me best will...

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