Love, Loss, & Abuse

During the Advent season of 2020, my family and I received news that my Floridian Grandma passed away due to complications from surgery. This was a complicated loss for our my immediate family and I, but I will speak for myself, because each person in family's experience is unique and similar. I love my Grandma. … Continue reading Love, Loss, & Abuse

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

The Responsibility of Words

Reflecting on 2020 and the early happenings of 2021, a few words popped into my heart and mind. The more time I spend on social media and popular media, I feel more keenly the stinging, unsavory, or careless impact of words. As I scroll through the noise, words, words, and more words, whether spoken or … Continue reading The Responsibility of Words

Upon My Return From Germany: Anyways- Mother Teresa

Germany People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered;        Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;        Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;        Succeed anyway.If you are honest and sincere, people … Continue reading Upon My Return From Germany: Anyways- Mother Teresa

How To: Pray the Chaplet of the 7 Sorrows of Mary

During my Mom & I's recent completion of "33 Days to Morning Glory" and Our Marian Consecration, we prayed the Rosary of the 7 Sorrows for the first time. We were touched by the beauty of this powerful Marian devotion which has existed since Middle Ages, promoted by the Servite Order, and made better known … Continue reading How To: Pray the Chaplet of the 7 Sorrows of Mary

Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

"When I closed the eyes of my dear little children and buried them, I felt sorrow through and through... People said to me, 'It would be better to never have had them.' I couldn't stand such language. My children were not lost forever; life is short and full of miseries, and we shall find our … Continue reading Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist- Savannah, GA "O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death."- O, AntiphonsAdvent a season of preparation- preparation for the gift of a child. While we prepare in joyful  anticipation for the Christ … Continue reading Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Love, Babies, & Loss

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you..." -Jeremiah 1:5 I've kept mostly quiet about the TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) pregnancy my brother & sister-in-law are navigating. After 2 emergency fetoscopic surgeries 4.5 hours away, dozens of local Maternal Fetal Medicine appointments, & hospital … Continue reading Love, Babies, & Loss