When things don’t work out

Dear people in my life who don’t know what they are doing or where they are headed, I know life has not been what you thought it would be. Some days you enjoy the freedom of uncertainty and other days you crave the clarity that comes with knowing your mission. I see you struggling to find your…

You keep me looking up

Probably for the first time since becoming a parent, I didn’t want Mass to end. Even with three kids bouncing between the two front pews, I didn’t want the funeral to be over. Our big church seemed small with so many familiar faces gathered. Other than the previous night’s funeral evening prayer, I cannot recall…

Do I really believe in life?

My work mom is in hospice right now. I was late. For a meeting with a visiting deacon who drove in from another parish. I was getting dressed when her FaceTime came through. Praise the Lord that I accepted and could see her. The kids and I talked and joked and smiled and told her we…

Praying When You Don’t Mean It

Every night before we end our prayers together, my husband and I recite this Scripture verse: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 Some nights it is a really, really tough prayer to pray. Each night,…

How to Not Starve During Lent

Some people are blessed with the ability to be happy vegetarians. I am not one of them. So, when Lent rolls around, it is a serious sacrifice to plan well to make sure that Friday meatless meals happen. This recipe was from my mom, but became a new meal when an awesome Indian friend helped…