Choosing God

The other day, I mentioned that just because something happens, it doesn’t mean that God wills it.  It isn’t God’s will, for instance, that children get sick and die.  It isn’t God’s will that we commit violent crimes against each other.  It isn’t God’s will that some among us suffer hunger, homelessness, or loneliness.  It […]

Scripture Study: Isaiah

A few years ago, our parish – our whole archdiocese, actually – began participating in a small group study program called Why Catholic. Now, the whole Why Catholic program is terrible, all watered down and wishy-washy, but our group so enjoyed the fellowship and the food that we decided to keep meeting year round. We […]

Holy Thursday at My End of the Pew

There was mostly an older crowd at Mass tonight, and so the sanctuary was unusually quiet. It wasn’t so bad when Tommy fell asleep beside me, snoring softly through his spring-induced congestion. But then Evelyn got hungry. She slurped noisily and moaned contentedly with each swallow. And I, I just kept my head down, for […]

Party Like It’s Lent

So most people consider Lent a time of abstinence and sacrifice. We give things up – most notably dessert – in order to grow closer to Christ. We tried that for a few years, but it just made us sad. For one thing, we tend to show love with still-warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade […]

2014: A New Year

This is a nice time of year for setting some goals for the future, don’t you think? Not resolutions. I mean, just the word itself, it sounds so grim and unyielding. And our “resolutions” tend to be pie-in-the-sky ideals. But goals? Those are visions – flexible, adaptable, maybe even just a smaller part of a […]

The Domestic Church: Snowed In

We decided early in the morning that we would make the decision to go to Mass or not at 10AM.  Davey came in from his chores at a quarter till to report that the roads were not cleared and quite slick, being coated with layers of both ice and snow.  He even saw someone actually […]

In Which I’m Suddenly Three Steps Behind

Well, look at that! A whole week has slipped by, with no posts, of course. Been busy. On Tuesday evening, Delaney stood outside the barn, swinging her duck-feeding bucket. “Can I have a scoop of feed?” she asked cheerfully. “No! I’m almost out! Don’t you have feed next door?” I asked. We have a lean-to […]

An Answered Prayer

“Where did this rose come from?” I asked. “The Mary garden,” Brenna replied. “Unusual to see a rose so late in the season,” I said thoughtfully. Then, “Has anyone been praying to Saint Therese?” Rosie smiled sheepishly. “I have.” I nodded and considered the rose. “It looks like your prayer has been answered. What have […]

Time to Pray

I can’t help but feel this is the beginning of the end and it breaks my heart. Julia said “I wish he could stay in your belly forever where he would be safe.” Exactly. Terry and I are just so sad. Trying to remember that God is in control. God knows Thomas’s days and how […]