love

This makes me think… about the particular love God has for each us…

Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you… We exist to exhibit God, to display His glory. We serve as canvases for His brushstroke, papers for His pen, soil for His seeds, glimpses of His image. –Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life I write…

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This makes me think… “Lord… take me from all lukewarmness…”

O Lord, give me a mind that is humble, quiet, peaceable, patient and charitable, and a taste of your Holy Spirit in all my thoughts, words, and deeds. O Lord, give me a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in meditation and dullness in…

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I’m off my rocker… over at CatholicMom.com today

I have a now-and-again series at Catholic Mom I affectionately call “Tales from the Empty Nest”.  This latest installment talks about the bittersweet heartache of losing my rocking chair… Here’s an excerpt: A long time back, almost 27 years ago, my husband bought me a rocking chair. We were expecting our first baby. I was looking…

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Advent Journal Entry: Advent Advice from Romans 15:7: “Welcome one another…”

Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7) I’m having a different kind of Advent where I’m trying to walk, not run… think, not speak… fast, not feast…(yet)… be mindful, not forget… Love, not withhold. So I’m asking Jesus to help me to not only see the whole…

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This makes me think… about love, friendship, and its imperfections…

My husband said toward the end of his life, ‘Love and friendship are remnants of the earthly paradise.’ In this vale of tears, when we encounter so many difficulties, to have people you can call friends is such a joy, such a comfort, such a gift… We are meant to be united by a bond…

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Faith, Fiat, and Fidelity to a Catholic Way of Thinking and Living

So I’ve been reading Francis’ encyclical and writing about it over at Patheos. My latest piece on Lumen Fidei’s chapter three is up over at my column, A Word in Season. I’d like to zero in on one section of chapter three that I write about in the longer piece: the unity of faith is the…

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One of my best days… (with scenes from my daughter and son-in-love’s wedding)

One month ago, on July 4th, my only daughter, Katie, married her college sweetheart, Benjamin Sung. For them it was a wonderful, glorious day! May it be the first of many happy ones together! Our two sons, Bobby and Peter, were groomsmen. Let it be said that my husband and I wore impossible-to-hold-back-smiles almost all…

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This makes me think… and wonder what St Peter was thinking when he wrote this…

Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. -1 Peter 4:8-

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Motherhood: On raising saints for heaven — an excerpt from “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious.”

Happy Mother’s Day! From my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: The maternal mission is also the basis of a particular responsibility. The mother is appointed guardian of life. It is her task to accept it with care, encouraging the human being’s first dialogue with the world, which is carried out precisely in the symbiosis with…

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