Soldiers for Christ

During his homily for Pentecost yesterday, the priest spoke about the sacrament of Confirmation and the parish children who had been confirmed the evening before. I was reminded of my own confirmation, many years ago, especially when he spoke of the old ritual where the bishop would slap the cheek of the confirmandi. I was […]

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few…

Further to the discussion surrounding Primal Loss, the Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak, some divorced people have responded in a way that suggests they feel hurt at being singled out. I am sorry if that is the case because personally I feel there are infinite ways in which we can screw up our kids and […]

Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our thirty-second wedding anniversary. It passed with little fanfare as we are visiting our son and we were enjoying spending time with him. We are having a good time, on the road together, talking and singing and otherwise enjoying each other’s company. He trotted out the corny marriage jokes in […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

  It feels like it has been a very long winter, although it wasn’t especially harsh. At last the air is warm and smells earthy.  The first bits of fresh greenery are emerging. The signs of new life include the news that I will become a grandmother later this year, news that has brought us […]

Raising of Lazarus

  The Gospel this Sunday tells of the raising of Lazarus. It is one of those Gospels on which dissertations are written, which is to say, well beyond my depth. Read it, meditate, pray… but I am no one to plumb the depths. I have one small thought this week. We see Jesus’ dearest friends […]