Faith

Apostolic Blessing

The other day when I shared pictures of our plants, a friend noticed a picture on the wall. It was a certificate of an Apostolic Blessing that my mom and dad received in 1974 from Pope Paul VI who is now a saint. I thought I knew what it was for, but I’m glad I […]

Grasping

I thought today’s reflection from “Jesus Calling” was profound. One line really struck me as though Jesus was speaking directly to me, “The only thing that you can grasp without damaging your soul is my hand.” Just Wow. I Found God today reminded that He is the only one and only thing to hang on […]

Calmed The Wind

Yesterday my mom and I bought some artificial flowers to put on my dad’s gravesite as they can stay there for another month. She picked out beautiful pink and white tulips since Valentine’s day is coming up. It was a warm afternoon today and mom felt alright, so we decided to go to the cemetery. […]

Visiting

It was a warmish sunny day today and I was happy to be able to get out. A friend of mine was suffering with shingles at the same time I had COVID. We both were feeling better, so I went to her house for lunch. It was wonderful to catch up. We shared our struggles […]

Not By Sight

I talked to the people at the church today and asked about the Mass for my dad that was cancelled. The man who I spoke to said it would be rescheduled to another day and asked if there was a specific date I wanted. I thought it would be nice to have it on his […]

Hospital Blessings

A friend’s mother is in the hospital awaiting a biopsy on a mass the doctors found. Today a woman prayed over her mom. And when my friend arrived to see her today, a priest came in for a visit. He anointed her mom and they were both able to receive Holy Communion. It gave them […]

One Year Anniversary

I can’t believe it has been one year since my dad died. In some ways it feels like forever – at other times it’s like yesterday. My mom and I have been anticipating this anniversary. I had scheduled the Mass to have him remembered today. We planned on going to church, then to lunch with […]

St. Thomas Aquinas

Today the Church honors St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a priest, an intellect, an author, and my dad’s patron saint. I pictured my dad having deep, meaningful conversation with him and imagining what a blessing it would be for my dad. Interestingly, I opened a journal tonight to a quote I wrote from St. Thomas […]

Blessed Meal Time

Many times, I feel like I lose my concentration when I pray. My mind easily wanders – especially when I say the “usual” prayers during the day. Today at lunch we prayed our normal meal time prayer that we have done for my entire life, probably mom’s too. I started drifting almost immediately, but this […]

Don’t Dim

Today I listened to a reflection on the scripture reading for the day. In the Gospel, Jesus explained that a light shouldn’t be hidden under a basket or bed in order for it to be effective. He went on to say that we – those who choose to follow Him – are like that light. […]