Adding to Suffering

As we continue through the desert experience of Lent with prayer, penance, and fasting in hopeful anticipation of the Resurrection on Easter, I share a second word and thought that came to mind during the past few months. A universal attribute mankind shares is each of us carry a burden or burdens whether we want … Continue reading Adding to Suffering

Address to Women

St. Pope Paul VI- December 8, 1965 "And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and … Continue reading Address to Women

Suffering in Silence: Life with Autoimmune Disease

For those unfamiliar with autoimmune disease either personally or by association, the best description I can give is your immune system, which keeps you healthy, begins attacking healthy cells - your body essentially attacks itself. There are a multitude of autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Celiac's Disease, Scleroderma, Psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, Ploymyalgia rheumatica, Pernicious Anemia, … Continue reading Suffering in Silence: Life with Autoimmune Disease

The Double Edged Sword of Looking Good

Appearences aren't always indicative of reality. A conversation after Sunday Mass with my friend's family reminded me of the deceptive nature of appearences. We can exude a reality that doesn't exist. Easily. I cringed when she said, "You look great!" People need to understand appearances can be deceiving. A smile can mask a multitude of … Continue reading The Double Edged Sword of Looking Good

Thinking Out Loud

Music can transport and capture in lyrical format a deep groaning of the human spirit. Lyrics are poems. Most lyrical poems capture aspects of human relationships. I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways God works in mysterious ways. Women marvel over romantic comedies, but women seek their own love story better … Continue reading Thinking Out Loud

Dentistry & Wonder Woman

What does dentistry and DC Comic's Wonder Woman have in common? Apparently, me. For my holistic dentist, the sheer enjoyment of this epic comic turned cinematic film translated into a witty and insightful banter with his patient. After completing the majority of my dental cleaning with my personable dental hygienist, my dentist ascertains my dental … Continue reading Dentistry & Wonder Woman

Catholic or Bust

"But Who Do you Say That I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." Matthew 16:15-16. Have you ever listened to conversion stories? Many Catholic converts tell passionate anecdotes about their spiritual journey to Catholicism. Conversion stories run the gambit. Many converts felt a tug or … Continue reading Catholic or Bust

Neither My Brother Nor My Brother’s Keeper

Who is my brother? Jesus replied, 'Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?' And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers.' Anyone who does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother and sister and mother. Matthew 12: 48-50. We were also instructed to … Continue reading Neither My Brother Nor My Brother’s Keeper

Classy Elegance: A Dying Art Form?

Over the weekend, my niece and I enjoyed a special lady's outing. We attended the Roger and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella. Originally created for television, the 1957 production starred the legendary actress and singer Julie Andrews. Not until the second or third song did I connect the dots about why the music and lyrics were so … Continue reading Classy Elegance: A Dying Art Form?

Catholic Romance Stories . . . Christmas

Our First Christmas Gift Exchange: Twas the Night of New Years and all through the house three creatures were stirring including the cat. The tree gleamed bright and cast whimsical colors and shapes on the walls and the windows. With my family snug in their beds an earshot away, only he and I remained in … Continue reading Catholic Romance Stories . . . Christmas