The Gift I Want to Give Back

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

I’m a dry-eyed gal most of the time, and I have always prided myself on that trait. Then I started going to Mass. I certainly didn’t mean to turn into a blubbering mess.  At the time, I was a tough know-it-all college graduate, and I was only there because this good-looking Prince Charming of mine… Continue reading The Gift I Want to Give Back

Mary, Queen of All Saints

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Do your children look like you? They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard… Continue reading Mary, Queen of All Saints

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament: Holding Jesus Twice

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

I am alone, and yet I’m not.  It’s silent, which is strange and disconcerting, coming as I do from a life full of noise and activity.  When I have been there a while, immersed in some reading that I can’t seem to absorb when I read it anywhere else, I notice that it is not,… Continue reading Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament: Holding Jesus Twice

Mary, the Gate of Heaven (with the Best Motherly Arms)

I knew I was out of my league when she came barreling toward me.  She weighed at least as much as I did, and she was much more passionate in her goal than I was in mine.  She wanted out, and, seeing her come toward me, I wanted out too, out of the way. My… Continue reading Mary, the Gate of Heaven (with the Best Motherly Arms)

Be Inspired by October’s Twin Intentions

October is both the month of the rosary and respect life month. Those two intentions are tied together intimately in my heart.  It’s not such a stretch, though, when I look at what the rosary is about: human life in its most divine and perfect form. As we walk—or, in my case, stumble and plod—through the… Continue reading Be Inspired by October’s Twin Intentions

Understanding Mercy Thanks to Mary

Our Lady of Mercy

There’s nothing quite like being in a hurry and seeing the flashing red lights that mean that a train is coming and that I have to stop. I had this happen to me recently when I was on my way from my mother-in-law’s house to town. It was at a train track that’s on a… Continue reading Understanding Mercy Thanks to Mary

Be Inspired by October’s Twin Intentions

October is both the month of the rosary and respect life month. Those two intentions are tied together intimately in my heart.  It’s not such a stretch, though, when I look at what the rosary is about: human life in its most divine and perfect form. As we walk—or, in my case, stumble and plod—through the… Continue reading Be Inspired by October’s Twin Intentions

Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary

As Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary smiles at me the same way I smile at my seven-year-old struggling to learn to spell words and write sentences or my four-year-old beginning to form shapes and lines that make sense. She was given the title after appearing to Saint Dominic in 1208 in a church in Prouille, France.… Continue reading Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary