Going Home

I recently had my first experience of being called to the bedside of a dying person. It was a sunny Saturday morning, and I had just enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with my children and grandchildren. Since it was Mother’s Day weekend, I was off to do some shopping for Anne [...]

Choose Love

Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) In our Gospel reading for this weekend, Jesus continues his farewell speech to the disciples. So, too, does his message of love continue. What does he refer to when he instructs his followers to [...]

Opening Our Hearts To Renewal

My dear friends, Before you head out this summer for vacations, trips to the cabin and other ventures, I want to tell you more about Alpha, which we plan to launch this September. There are more and more parishes within our archdiocese and around the country that are using Alpha [...]

It Is I. Do Not Be Afraid.

Last Saturday began as an ordinary day for me. I arose early, said my morning prayers and then spent a few minutes praying with the scripture of the day. It was the story from John’s gospel where Jesus walks across the sea to meet his disciples in the boat. They [...]

Walking The Road To Emmaus

Several years ago, I had the unique opportunity to attend an evening talk given by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Capuchin priest from Italy. In addition to authoring several outstanding books, Father Cantalamessa is the official preacher to the papal household. This means that he preaches to the Holy Father and [...]

Perpetual Adoration

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting (Psalm 118:1). Just a week into Easter, and the very first Sunday following our joyful celebration of Jesus’s resurrection, we mark God’s great goodness with Divine Mercy Sunday, for He IS good, and his love IS everlasting. [...]

How The Resurrection Touches Our Life

My dear sisters and brothers, Christ is Risen; He is truly Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! With all my heart I wish you and your families a blessed Easter, filled with the Victorious, Risen presence of Jesus Christ. What a glorious ending for the disciples of Christ! What Good News for [...]

Scripture Come To Life

Everyone loves a good two-fer, right? We all love a good deal and appreciate value, or at least the idea, of getting more for the same or less investment. In that case, unless you’re the rare bird that doesn’t care for added value, Holy Week is for you. Palm Sunday [...]

Raising Our Lazarus

The call came in the middle of an otherwise ordinary day.   Sandy picked up the phone. The caller was clearly upset and wanted to make herself understood. “Are you Mrs. Henderson?” Sandy tried to understand what was being said as she was told that her husband of 32 years had [...]

Slow Down!

“Slow down!” I often tell my husband that; if I had a quarter for every time I said (or yelled) this at our children, we’d both be able to quit our jobs and live a life of lazy luxury. Our youngest two are boys, filled to the brim with movement [...]