Praying with Confidence

A week ago, I celebrated a significant milestone in my physical and spiritual development. February 6th marked the 20-year anniversary of the surgery to end my first breast cancer episode. (I will celebrate again on April 30th to mark the 10-year anniversary of the surgery to end my second breast cancer episode.) The physical milestones … More Praying with Confidence

Lamenting and Hoping

MIT’s homepage today features a story and photo of the MIT community welcoming home two undergraduates from the Middle East who had been denied re-entry to the U.S., following the President’s Executive Order to bar anyone from seven specific countries. The students had been visiting family during winter break and were trying to return to … More Lamenting and Hoping

A Call to Praise

Mornings are cooler these days. While I am not sitting out on my lanai at 6:30 AM, I am perched in view of the east-facing windows. This morning the sky at sunrise was painted in the softest shades of pink and blue. Mu initial response was to grab a camera. Unfortunately, my phone camera does … More A Call to Praise

Accompaniment

I have been exchanging emails with a good friend who is suffering through a difficult time just now. In her most recent email, she thanked me and said she felt “accompanied.” Her statement touched upon a concept that I learned only in the last few years: accompaniment. Merriam-Webster defines accompaniment as: 1) (music) an instrumental … More Accompaniment

Best of 2016

In the past week, newspapers, television magazines, entertainment shows, and other media outlets have been reviewing the events of 2016 — the good, the bad, and the ugly. The home page for MIT is highlighting the “best” research of the past year. In that same vein, I would like to share my “Best of 2016”. … More Best of 2016

Maranatha

The countdown has begun! In the church year, the final week before Christmas is celebrated with special prayers, called O Antiphons. They are prayed one each day at Mass and during Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, December 17-24. The … More Maranatha

A Voice Cries Out

During Advent, we read from the Book of Isaiah – a lot. One of the more familiar passages is the first reading for tomorrow — Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent. It is Isaiah 40:1-11. If you are familiar with this reading, you will probably be humming one or more hymns before you reach … More A Voice Cries Out