No One Laughed at My Undercover Mass

I’ve missed Mass more times in the last year and a half then I have the entire 30 years that I’ve been Catholic. I went to Mass when I was tired, sick, depressed, and when I had a little kid who wouldn’t sit still or always had to urgently go to the bathroom during the epiclesis. I LOVED Mass, even when I would have rather slept in then to get out of bed. But I did because it was important to me because I loved God, I wanted to go be with Him. And I wanted to fix my hair,…continued

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What Was I Saying? Oh yeah…Pink Birds!

I haven’t been writing much here, but I have still been writing. Just not on paper. I write in my head when I’m driving, washing dishes, waiting. Unfortunately this writing never actually gets written down and it just flows away like a little stream passing my buy with just a little trickling sound here and there…sometimes I’m left feeling as though I just can’t squeeze out a thought…I don’t even bother sitting to write because I’m already at “what was I going to say???” So today, driving home from the grocery store I know there was something I was “writing”…continued

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My Story of Post-Concussion Syndrome

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More info about Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp/ It’s now been five months since I injured my brain. This is my story of Post-Concussion Syndrome, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is one of the “invisible illnesses.” It can be hard for others to understand just how debilitating these injuries-that-can’t-be-seen are for those of us who suffer with them. The Great Snail Battle In mid-October 2014 I came home one dark night to find our front porch swarming with giant snails (okay, it was a small swarm of about 3-4,…continued

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The Hidden Blessing of Trials, Sacrifices and Hardships

I have never been on a pilgrimage. Traveling is not something I enjoy and the thought of a pilgrimage has seemed to me merely an opportunity to spend a lot of money to be uncomfortable. However, I do enjoy living vicariously, and so I very much enjoyed the photos and videos in the article series by Dr. Lilles at Beginning to Pray: Pilgrimage as he accompanied a group of seminarians on a pilgrimage through Krakow, Milan, Venice, Manresa, and finally to Madrid. Don’t tell anyone – but I almost want to go on a pilgrimage now, despite the likelihood of…continued

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How to Be Happy

The Bible offers many reminders for us to give thanks to God, such as “ Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. If the Word of God and over 2000 years of Catholic spirituality has not been enough to convince us of the necessity of gratitude, modern psychology has confirmed that gratitude is one of the key practices that correlates with feeling happy in life. As Catholics we understand that there is more to life than just “feeling happy.” Feeling happy is…continued

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Praising God, Loving Life

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Indian Shores, Florida I was sitting at the beach tonight alone, but not alone. The waves whispered continuously to me of God’s love, the wind was His breath caressing me. The beauty of heaven spread out before me in the soft white sand, the sea-green Gulf leading to the blue of the sky.   The sky itself a miracle of light as the fiery transformation of light to dark unfolded before me – the orange glow extending across the horizon line where the water meets the sky. The colors of the sky melting through the colors of the rainbow until…continued

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Bless the Lord!

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 Indian Rocks Beach, Fl   My Easter Song excerpts from Daniel 3:57-90  Bless the Lord, all the Lord’s creation: praise and glorify him for ever!  Bless the Lord, angels of the Lord, praise and glorify him for ever!  Bless the Lord, heavens, praise and glorify him for ever!  Bless the Lord, all the waters above the heavens, praise and glorify him for ever! …Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ever! …Bless the Lord, nights and days, praise and glorify him for ever!  Bless the Lord, light and darkness, praise and glorify him for ever!…continued

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