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

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