Special Treatment

“Finally, he sent his son to them thinking, ‘They will respect my son.'” Mt 21:37

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outline-400x400My mom has been a Special Police Officer in my hometown for over forty years. From time to time, she had to participate in target practice and serve on matron duty when a female was taken into custody. Mostly, she directed traffic for the schools, and still does so today.

As a senior in high school, I was pulled over for speeding on the way to our rival’s school to toilet paper the place before the big Thanksgiving game. You can bet I mentioned my mother’s name as soon as I could, hoping to get special treatment. Sure enough, I got just a tap on the wrist and a quick lecture to slow down. Continue reading

Calling Down His Guidance and Protection

I will pour My Spirit upon your offspring, and My blessings on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3

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3.4.20 Calling Down His Guidance and Protection

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My kids’ buses leave pretty early for school. After I get ready in the morning, we’re really only crossing paths for five or ten minutes before they’re heading out the door.

The short crossover further emphasizes the fact that they’re now out of my sight more than they’re in it. Knowing that how they spend their time will have a big impact on who they become, I worry about all they’re exposed to that I can’t control. That’s a tough thing to come to terms with as an extreme Type A Control Freak.

I had to come up with a plan to ease my concerns. Continue reading

Letting Our Emotions Rule

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.  Proverbs 16:32

2.27.20 Letting Our Emotions Rule

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Home is supposed to be a safe place where we can be ourselves, warts and all. Although I’ve tried and succeeded in creating that safe space for my family, I’ve made an enormous mistake in defining how that works.

I’m one of those people you’ll never see mad in public. I’m a people pleaser: I don’t want to risk hurting or offending anyone. It’s far easier to swallow my anger than it is to apologize for it after the fact.

It’s a whole different story in private. In the safety of my own home, I’ve taken great pride in letting my emotions fly. I want my kids to see that life is hard sometimes; I have my fair share of struggles; and emotions need to be worked through in order to be let go.

The mistake I’ve made is teaching my kids that it’s okay to let our emotions rule us. I honestly believe it’s a mistake society is making as a whole. Continue reading

Indulge or Deny

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34

Gospel-Reflections-800x800-gold-outline-400x400Always curious about other people’s traditions, I’ve asked a lot of women if they exchange gifts with their husbands on birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard: “No. Since we each get ourselves whatever we want all year long, there’s really nothing left to give.”

My husband and I are no different. We’re not extravagant in our spending, but we never deny ourselves. Continue reading

A Vision of Flowers

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?… Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Luke 12:25, 27-28

2.19.20 A Vision of Flowers

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Each morning, before writing my book, I’ve been going to Eucharistic Adoration. As I kneel before God, I hear the deafening roar in my head as thoughts battle and vie for my attention. When someone else comes into the small chapel and kneels, I imagine the same thing happening in their head.

I picture the room filling with all those thought bubbles, and the clamor grows louder. I question how God can handle it. Why He would welcome all that noise, all that emotion, all of it directed at Him, all at once, all with urgency? Continue reading

Getting Ready for Lent

I’m thrilled to announce that my Lenten devotional, “With Our Savior,” is on sale again! Published by Creative Communications for the Parish, “With Our Savior” is a 48-page Lenten devotional for families. For each day of Lent there is a little, family-friendly story to help parents and kids connect to that day’s scripture passage. The story is followed by a short prayer, and then an activity to help prepare everyone for Easter.

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Read on to see what readers are saying about “With Our Savior.” Continue reading