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 […]

To Give Consent, Mary had to Know

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Annunciation. I thought I would republish this post, first published on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, because it discusses the Annunciation, and most importantly, the validity of Mary’s consent. When my kids were little, I would often pick up second-hand children’s books for them.  I suppose […]

Lenten Reboot

How are we doing with the whole “prayer, fasting and almsgiving” thing of Lent? I must confess, I am doing poorly, but I am trying to jumpstart it – better late than never. Truly. It’s better to push the restart button midway through Lent than to write it off. There is still time to focus […]

Saint Joseph

Today is the feast of Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus and spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Surprisingly, perhaps, we don’t know all that much about him but, being so humble, he is probably just fine with that. What we do know is that Joseph was a quiet, hard-working man, a man who was […]

Living Water

John 4:5-42 Sunday’s Gospel tells the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, whom Jesus asks for a drink and reveals Himself to be the source of Living Water. As with other events recorded in Saint John’s Gospel, there are layers and layers to be peeled away. For today, however, let us look at […]

God Alone Shall You Serve

At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: “The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” All of Sunday’s readings tell us about sin. God gave them Paradise, but Adam and Eve fell into pride and turned away from God. In the Gospel, Satan tempts Jesus […]