This Sunday’s Gospel: December 27, 2020

For this Sunday’s Gospel and the other Mass readings, click here. The images of the Holy Family that I grew up around were of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus huddled together, as if Joseph were holding Mary and Jesus close to him. I think these images speak to how close the Holy Family was. As weContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: December 27, 2020”

Will You be Home for Christmas?

What Christmas Looks Like This YearFor Christmas this year, Nathan and I will get to visit my family and his, like we did for Thanksgiving. We’re really blessed that we’re able to make these visits happen, and they’re really important to us because we don’t get to see our families in Pennsylvania often now thatContinue reading “Will You be Home for Christmas?”

Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020

I rejoice heartily in the Lord; in my God is the joy of my soul. Isaiah 61:10 Our Search for JoyAs humans, we long for joy. Because we’re human, we’re not always sure how to seek joy, where we can find it, and if the source of our joy is good. Often, we find andContinue reading “Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020”

Giving God Our Daily Fiat

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Our Will or His Will?How often do you dream about the day when God reveals His plan for your life? I used to daydream of having some great epiphany. I dreamed up an elaborate scenarioContinue reading “Giving God Our Daily Fiat”

The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth orContinue reading “The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:45 God loves women.At Franciscan Mission Service, I’m so blessed to live in a community of people who are on fire for the Lord. I love to sit on the porch or around the dinner table andContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Mary!”

The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peaceContinue reading “The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

When You Need Your Mom

What a joy it is to remember that she is our mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear? St. Therese of Lisieux I think everyone to some degree wants to be like their mom. When I was growing up and even now that I’m an adult, I’m intriguedContinue reading “When You Need Your Mom”

How to Find Jesus Everywhere

I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. John 14:18-19 I mentioned in a few previous blog posts that it can be hard to feel Jesus’s presence. EspeciallyContinue reading “How to Find Jesus Everywhere”