This morning on the last block of my run, I saw an old Japanese man shuffling toward me on his own exercise endeavor. Ask just about anyone in this neighborhood and they will know who I’m talking about since he evokes quite a bit of admiration and perhaps even worry. This beautiful man has unmistakably … More High Five the Runner
About three years ago, my little kids are with a babysitter and I fidget, half naked on the bleachers, waiting for this life guarding course to begin. The blue bathing suit just purchased on Amazon feels a little tight around my 40-year-old flab. Quickly looking around, it is obvious that no one else here has … More We Are Lifeguards
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – cycle B Happy Sunday! Here is a quick thing you can do to help your family internalize the Word of God this week: Before Mass (perhaps in the car on the way to church): This week’s readings are like a big loud announcement to anyone who is poor or … More Sunday Scripture for Kids
“You who so praiseworthily wish to lead an apostolic life, each according to her individual situation, know well enough the world of today to realize that in your battle against unbelief and immorality, natural resources and all purely human means are radically insufficient. What you absolutely need is an intimate union with Christ, and that … More You Are Not Strong Enough
Let’s presume that, my husband and I are in a “conversation” trying to figure out the softball, soccer, dance drop off, pick up, carpool schedule when I hear a little voice in my head saying, “smile at him.” I really don’t feel like it so I cock my head to the side and raise my … More The Nudge of God – do I listen?
You and I both know that there are awful things in our culture. Things that wound us, disturb us, threaten us. Sexual abuse by the clergy, for one terrible example. If you have a little one or one who isn’t so little any more, then I know you desperately want to navigate life with them. … More Serving our Children in the Midst of Awful Things in Our Culture
Do your kids ever move as slow as molasses in the morning? Well, take a guess about mine. Today, however, I inadvertently stumbled upon something to make my little one walk more quickly to school. Bubbles. I was out on the porch waiting for the kids to get on their shoes. Since I haven’t cleaned … More We Need Something Beautiful to Follow
I get a lot of eye rolling my direction at Mass. I think the word today is, “cringey”. That’s my singing. I don’t mean to embarrass my kids but, in a way, I can’t help it. Not to sing and praise God would be for the best part of me to die and the shell … More The Birds Sing Out – Why Not You?
Friday means pizza, drinks, the start to the weekend! We all love Fridays! Even our school blasts music from the loud speakers at the end of the day. It feels great. But traditionally, Fridays have been a day of sacrifice. It is the day on which our Lord hung on the cross and died … More Friday Night – Party or Penance?
The little neon green chairs and the 1940’s white leather bench were like magic in my house. The kids actually sat down to do their homework; their shoes were neatly stowed. Chores were cheerfully being fulfilled, somehow the laundry was already folded and the living room was tidy! With my new furniture acquired from my … More Pinterest Mom Heading for the Cross