Newsletter Articles

Fatima and the Rosary

By | 2017-10-16T12:48:25+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy rosary.” There are many problems in the world, as well as in our country, our diocese, our parishes, and our families. Each of us also has personal problems and burdens we carry. Some [...]

The Story of Jimmy’s Egg

By | 2017-10-16T12:42:22+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

I was recently on a pilgrimage in Poland, where the message of Divine Mercy was given. While having mass near the convent where St. Faustina lived, the priest leading the pilgrimage told this story from his childhood: When he was in gradeschool, he was small for his age, and often the bigger boys in the class [...]

A “veiled” message from Jesus

By | 2017-10-09T11:23:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

"Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.” Luke 8:9 The other day this line struck me as a rather un-Jesus-like statement. Why would He not want [...]

The Potential of Every Woman

By | 2017-09-27T15:17:26+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles|

Today I thought I would offer a few thoughts I’ve been having on the potential of every woman. My own reflection on the topic was recently inspired by something I read from a woman who is someone I look up to as a role model. But before I share the quote from her that brought my [...]

An Irish Priest in Ohio

By | 2017-09-12T15:35:09+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

This summer, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit of a charming Irish priest. He is in his 80s and was visiting the country for a few weeks. He joined us for 4 days as a retreat. He kept us inspired and amused the whole time. His joy was contagious; his accent was fun to listen to; his [...]

Fatima: A Message of Peace

By | 2017-09-11T15:21:54+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Marian, Newsletter Articles|

In 1917, World War I—called “the war to end all wars”—was raging. The Holy Father at the time, Pope Benedict XV, decided to pray a novena to the Queen of Peace, asking her to intercede for an end to the war. He began this novena on May 5. On May 13th, 1917, the eighth day of [...]

Sr. T’s Yuca Fries

By | 2017-09-06T11:03:39+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

What to do when a friend gives you a yuca? Make Fries! I returned from a home visit and found this interesting root veggie on the counter. All I was told was that it was for me and that it had some unusual name that was already forgotten. With a little research I discovered that it [...]

Mysteries of Mercy

By | 2017-09-01T14:36:34+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Newsletter Articles|

In the Bull of Indiction for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wrote: “How many pages of Sacred Scripture are appropriate for meditation during the weeks of Lent to help us rediscover the merciful face of the Father!” It was my hope in writing these “Mysteries of Mercy” to use instances in the life of Jesus [...]

Keeping Perspective

By | 2017-08-21T14:40:22+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Contemplation, Newsletter Articles, The Two Hearts|

The ability to keep perspective is one which is valued in my community. We've talked about this through the years and we often refer to it under a different term: keeping the big picture. The objectivity it brings is one which can be analogous to the difference between viewing something from the land versus viewing something [...]