Patient Endurance

I touched base with a friend today who is struggling. I have always admired her patient endurance especially in difficult circumstances. This morning I received a short meditation that was particularly fitting: “The patient and humble endurance of the cross—whatever nature it may be—is the highest work we have to do.”— St. Katharine Drexel I […]

Super Patient Nurse

I took my mom to her long awaited eye doctor appointment today. The nurse who did all the preliminary testing and such was super patient and cheerful. When she was testing her vision, “Better 1 or 2 . . . 1 or 2? Now 3 or 4 . . . 3? 4?” she gave my […]

Holy Families

I must admit, I didn’t feel much like a holy part of a family this morning. Things broke left and right and messes were made. I tried to help fix things and clean up messes, but I admit it was frustrating. Then we “went to church”. The priest reminded us that we celebrate the Feast […]

Nurse Advocate

My parents had an appointment with their favorite cardiologist today. I made sure we had everything we needed and headed to the downtown hospital. We debated whether to have the valet park the car and decided we didn’t want someone else in the vehicle. The plan was to drop my parents at the front door, […]

Set on the Spirit

A few months ago, I was given a book called, “Nine Words” by Allen R. Hunt. The book is based on the nine “fruits of the Holy Spirit” as outlined by Paul in Galatians. I have been reading slowly, allowing the wisdom and encouragement to sink in. Last night I read about how important it […]

New Deacon

I have had the privilege of getting to know a gentleman who was in my biblical class small group for 2 years. I wasn’t too surprised when he told me he was also studying to become a deacon. He is a very kind, gentle, patient and humble person. He was ordained a deacon a couple […]

Rehab Workers

I think that it takes a special kind of person to be a therapist, nurse, CNA or any other medical worker in a rehabilitation facility. Today and every day, they are right there ready to help my dad with anything he needs or wants. They work with him patiently and lovingly, offering encouragement at every […]

Encouraging Doc

I was able to have a good conversation with the doctor today about my dad’s stroke. He had a Hemorrhagic stroke – a blood vessel in his brain ruptured. But in the emergency room, they were able to give him a medication that stopped the bleeding. There is still a pool of blood in his […]

Mr. Rogers

My mom has been wanting to see the new movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, and today we were able to make it happen. The movie itself was – in my opinion – very well done. It has been a long time since I have seen such a positive story of loving kindness. Without […]

Loving Acceptance

This morning in church, we sat in our “usual spot”. There were 5 multi generational women sitting in front of us. They seemed to be a mom with her 2 daughters in the middle and 2 grandmothers as the bookends. One daughter had special needs. She would occasionally speak out and was constantly tapping her […]