May 3, 2017

I find that May 3rd always stirs in me a desire to remember days gone by. Mom would have been 93 today had she remained on earth. I wonder what she would have been like at 93. In my mind’s eye I can see those smiling eyes grinning through a gentle face weathered from 93 years of life. The same gentle spirit sitting in the same rocking chair with the same favorite squeak now rocking one of her great great grandchildren.

She left us at the age of 54. Many of her grandchildren, and all of her great grandchildren misse...

March 4, 2016

There is  an enjoyment that comes from stopping and acknowledging ‘God with me’ in moments throughout my day.

Many people in religious circles would call this the Daily Office. We know from scripture that David practiced seven set times of prayer each day. (Ps. 119:164) In thinking through this I realized that if he began at 7 AM and paused for a moment every other hour on the hour until 7 PM, that would be seven times. Daniel stopped three times each day to pray. (Dan. 6:10). St. Benedict (A.D. 525) developed a rh...

February 25, 2016

Jesus invites us,"Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark. 6:11

The idea of taking a ‘Retreat’ in our busy world almost seems like an admission of failure, of giving up, of pulling away from requirements of work, family, and friends; an admission that I can’t do this on my own...Well, we can’t. Trying to keep the pace we are expected to keep without a time for the ‘soul to catch up’ is impossible and has enabled the worry sickness of anxiety to visit us far too often.
In our times...

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