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 […]

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 […]

Prepare Ye

For the past week or so, we have been talking about the movie, “Godspell”. We always loved the music and sang a couple of the tunes. Neither mom nor I have the stamina to get to church, so we went downstairs to the big TV. The Mass we landed on was the one from the […]

Many Vocations

During the days leading up to her Feast Day on September 30, I had learned some details about the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. She lived in the late 1800’s and came from a very prayerful family. I was surprised to learn that she had […]

Reality Check

One of the Mass readings today was from the book of Wisdom. The priest that we listened to said that, “Unless we have the Wisdom of God, we cannot know reality.” All of us can look at any event and have multiple opinions on what is happening or what the meaning is, causing chaos and […]

Special Mass

A couple months ago, I had scheduled with our parish that one of the Mass intentions would be for my dad. It was on the books for yesterday. Since I was away, my sister took my mom to the Mass. Our “usual” seats are in the first row of chairs in the back of the […]

Uplifting Weekend

About 35 years ago I started working a 5 year stent at Target. During that time, I became good friends with many of my coworkers. We would get together, celebrate milestones, camp, and even travel together. We had a lot of fun, but also had serious life conversations. From early on, we always called one […]

In The Follow Through

My mom didn’t feel well today, so we participated in Mass with Fr. Mike Schmitz online. The Gospel reading was about the person who questioned Jesus about how to get to Heaven. He basically knew the answer – love God and love your neighbor. But he pushed further asking Jesus who exactly is my neighbor? […]

Another Strange Mass

There weren’t very many people in the pews when we arrived at Mass this morning. That was strange to begin with. When it was time to start Mass, the music director announced that, unfortunately, there was no priest present to celebrate Mass. A deacon was there, so we went ahead and started with the Liturgy […]

A Different Pentecost

I have been to some amazingly vibrant and exciting Pentecost celebrations and always look forward to today’s solemnity. However, today’s Mass was quite different. The priest started by saying how nice it was to use a microphone, because when he celebrated Mass earlier at a different church, their sound system wasn’t working. It was more […]