Tag: Jesus

The Mother Becomes a Saint

When I sit at Mass and listen to the scripture readings, I try to quiet my mind and be led. But things pop up anyway. Like Sunday, I got stuck on Paul’s letter to Philemon. Onesimus?? Who’s that guy??? But then we got to the Gospel and I was swept into the concept of “pick up your cross and follow me”. I’m sure it’s … Read More The Mother Becomes a Saint

Holy Grace

  Sometimes I get a little nudge that I haven’t talked about Grace in a while. This Sunday it was a BIG nudge. On Holy Thursday night, the Apostle Peter, who my church recognizes as the first earthly leader of the Church, denied that he knew Jesus three times. As Jesus had foretold at the Last Supper. I have never blamed Peter. Our first … Read More Holy Grace

Put the “Be Jesus” Back

Lenten reading can be hard on your soul. It challenges and convicts. It parks your heart in the shadow of the Cross and makes you look up. I have never been good at looking up. I don’t want to see. I tell myself it is enough to know. Everything I read tells me that I’m wrong. My suffering has not been enough, although it … Read More Put the “Be Jesus” Back

Welcome the Stranger

I stopped and started this 12 times, trying to find the right words, until I gave up. My words are not called. We need the words of Jesus. ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me … Read More Welcome the Stranger

The Pieces of My Heart

Yesterday our pastor, Father Mike, came to talk to the adult formation class. He was supposed to have a list of questions to answer, but he left it at home. So instead, he asked “Does anyone have anything they want to ask?” One of the dads said “Sure” and opened up the can of gay marriage. At which point, most people screwed themselves down … Read More The Pieces of My Heart

Mother of mothers

I’ve always had a complicated relationship with Mary. It gets less complicated as I get older. Motherhood has made her more real to me. After Dana’s post about the spoons, I wondered if Mary ever ran out of spoons. A two year old is a two year old is a two year old, right? Plus there’s the business of the missing teenage years. Part of … Read More Mother of mothers

Surrender to the Hope

A few weeks ago, a friend told me that the death of her child happened for a reason. When I asked her what she meant, she told me that she believed God was teaching her a lesson by taking her child. That she had done something in the past that had “earned” this pain. Like what, I wanted to know. I don’t know she … Read More Surrender to the Hope

Come As You Are

I’ve been trying to write this post about the Drummer Boy and folks who don’t go to church because they think they aren’t good enough. It wasn’t working. I was trying too hard to say the right words. So here are the true words instead. My favorite Christmas song is “The Little Drummer Boy”. I like it because it’s a song for the outcasts. … Read More Come As You Are

The Moon

Have you ever been loved well by someone? So well that you are secure that person will receive you and will forgive your worst fault? That’s the kind of security the soul receives from God. When the soul lives in that kind of security, it is no longer occupied with technique. We can go back and do the rituals, the spiritual disciplines, but they … Read More The Moon

A Real Bible, Just Small ~ Jen

“Mom” Gabriel says one day when he comes home from school, “For my birthday, can I have a Boys Backpack Bible?” “A what?” “A Boys Backpack Bible. It’s small so it can fit in my backpack.” “Is it a kids bible? With pictures?” “No, it’s a real Bible, just small.” This with an eyeroll. Pretty much, when your eight year old son asks for … Read More A Real Bible, Just Small ~ Jen

Dear Teresa ~ Jen

Happy 21st birthday, sweet girl. I could get all misty eyed about the four year old you, screaming out my name when I walked into church every Sunday; or the seven year old you, in my mom’s apron, standing over the sink cleaning the silver a few days before Thanksgiving; or the eleven year old you walking down the aisle at my wedding. But … Read More Dear Teresa ~ Jen

Christians and Gun Control ~ Jen

“My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues. I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues… a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil … Read More Christians and Gun Control ~ Jen

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