Before the Miracle, I Believed—Now I Know.

"Suffer the little children to come unto me." (detail) by Carl Bloch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for many years when this story occurred. It changed my life forever, and I came away from the experience with an explosion of faith bursting within my soul. To cut to the quick and bring forth the significance of […]

An Open Letter Of Encouragement To Struggling Mothers

Dear Mama, I’m talking to you. Yes, that’s right, you: the working mama who feels sick on Sunday afternoon because you report for duty Monday morning at 0800 and the thought of leaving your baby makes your heartache, the mama sitting in the oncology ward next to your sick child, helplessly watching while toxic chemicals are pumped through your baby’s […]

Motherhood Is A Full Contact Sport And The Eucharist Is My Spiritual PowerAde

Mother and Child

I woke up on the Feast of All Soul’s keenly aware that four out of five children had migrated into my room in the middle of the night.  This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I weren’t weeks away from giving birth and already experiencing severe sleep disruptions.  With each of their noisy entrances, it took me an […]

I’m Not Heavy, I’m Their Mother — On Being a Burden

Mother and Children

When I was a kid, my grandfather used to sing He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother by The Hollies as he tinkered in his garage.  I never understood why someone would name her son “Heavy” or what the song was about in the first place, but it never stopped Grandpa from whistling the tune while he went about his business. I […]

Finding Peace in Spite of Ourselves

A few weeks ago I awoke to begin what was likely to be a stressful day.  My wife was in the hospital recovering from surgery she had the day before and I wanted to go and see her as soon as the kids were off to school.  I was scrambling to get my older son packed for an overnight school […]

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves

The Good Samaritan by Eugene Delacroix

I would like to address the topic of serving others.  Today is the first day of November (All Saints Day!) and Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are before us.  As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next two months to show our co-workers, friends, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love […]

The Yoke of Faith

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A);  Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalms 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-1; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 “My Yoke is Easy; My Burden Light” I once knew a woman who called herself “a recovering Catholic”.  It seems that as a child, she was taught a religion that was all about guilt.  Impossible demands […]