Christlike: don’t give them leftovers

A reflection on Sunday’s Gospel

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.”  But he did not say a word in answer to her.  His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”  He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”  He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”  Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”  And her daughter was healed from that hour.  – Matthew 15:21-28

What are You trying to teach me, Jesus? Continue reading “Christlike: don’t give them leftovers”

The beauty of the liturgical year {giveaway}

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We are an Easter people.

And not just on Easter Sunday, but all year round, all the time.

There’s something about the Resurrection that lights up our life.  That fills our souls with joy, our minds with truth, our hearts with love.

We know that the Mass makes the Paschal mystery present in a very physical, tangible way.  But the entire liturgical year makes the mystery of our salvation present in every moment.

It reminds us that Jesus’ Passover Sacrifice “reaches across and underlies all history.” Continue reading “The beauty of the liturgical year {giveaway}”

Sainthood is for sinners

I’m a coward.

I read the lives of the saints and pray, “Lord, don’t let that be me.”

They met Jesus and Mary face-to-face in visions.  They have amazing gifts like prophecy and heroic virtue.  Some even bi-locate.  I’ll admit, I’m jealous of all the cool things that happened to them.

But to whom much is given, much is required.  Continue reading “Sainthood is for sinners”

The garden of my soul #mymasstakeaway

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The good old parable of the sower.  God is, of course, the sower.  And today my pastor emphasized that there’s nothing wrong with the seed.  God sows the same seed – His Word, His Truth, the Good News of Salvation in His Son Jesus.  The same seed is sown in every heart.

There’s nothing wrong with the seed.  The problem is with the ground.  The problem is me.  I’m the four types of soil.  Not just one or two of them.  All of them. Continue reading “The garden of my soul #mymasstakeaway”

An extrovert learns to listen

This is a tale of three meditations.

A journey of learning to come out of my comfort zone.

It starts with me talking to my best friend.  And ends with me sitting at the feet of the wisest teacher, listening with undivided attention.

This is a glimpse into my less-than-perfect spiritual life.  An admission that I don’t have things all figured out.  An acceptance that I’m not a saint.  Just a saint-in-the-making.

These are my unfiltered prayers before Jesus, my Lord and my God. Continue reading “An extrovert learns to listen”

It’s our anniversary!

My husband and I are celebrating 7 years together.  So, as promised, I have something special to share with you…

Our wedding photos!

You don’t want to miss these photos.

From the moment I walked out of my parents’ house, for my teary-eyed dad to drive me to the wedding in his antique Mustang…

…to the moment my mom and mother-in-law crowned Mary as the new mother of our marriage…

…to the wedding party’s race on the beach complete with my special bridesmaid (my Grammie)… Continue reading “It’s our anniversary!”

5 ways to see Christ in a stranger

Jesus said, “What good is it to love your friend?  Even gangs members do that.”  Okay, He really said tax collectors… but I figured gang members would be a modern day equivalent of the cliché bad guy.

Jesus routinely calls us to do more than love our friends.  In Matthew 25 He tells us, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.”  We have to go beyond our comfort zone.  We have to have charity that’s wider than our social circles.  It doesn’t do us any good to only love the people we know.

We also have to love the stranger. Continue reading “5 ways to see Christ in a stranger”

Joy: the hidden gift I found in depression

I’m not a doctor or a therapist.  I can’t diagnose or treat depression.  I can only offer you encouragement and thoughts from my own personal experiences.   If you’re suffering from depression, please seek professional help (I highly recommend Pastoral Solutions Institute tele-counseling services).  If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 immediately.

 

It was hard for me to explain all the feelings I felt.

I tried to tell my husband I wasn’t unhappy.  But the tears and shouting that streamed from me every day said otherwise.  I was unhappy.  But I knew I shouldn’t be. Continue reading “Joy: the hidden gift I found in depression”