Crosspost: Pre-Funeral Luncheon

Monday, January 6, 2014...more

Making Amends, My 7 yr old's responses, and A Glimpse of Heaven

Like many recent mornings, the twins woke me up between 4 and 4:30 am, much too early for me to be giddy or well-tempered. Since I can remember, I had a reputation for being super cranky when sleep-deprived, tired, or hungry. There is a distinction between sleep-deprivation and being tired, however small the gap might be....more

At My Mother's Knee

Showing up after ten years' absence when your mother is ill with Alzheimer's Disease and having her look at you and say, "I never thought I'd see you again," and realizing that if you had waited, like you wanted to, for another six months to pass before coming home, she would probably forget who you were, all of this is a very big deal. And it's an important story to tell even if I don't know exactly how to tell it....more


Family and Dysfunction

Dare to... Kiss and Make up

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mahatma Gandhi    For some people, saying “I’m sorry” are two of the most difficult words to utter. And while we all have disagreements and arguments from time-to-time, life is too short to hold grudges. Although arguments may seem monumental at the time, they're often trivial in the grand scheme of things.  So why not take the high road... be the first to apologize.... bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones. Kiss and make up... even if it's just you! Don't just sit there and let your pain hang on to your heart and eat away your joy. Forgiving is a way to heal YOUR own pain.  Holding a serious grudge can possibly:cause stress, which has a toxic effect on your bodyraise your blood pressureput you at risk of a stroke and heart attack trigger depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, because of the guilt you carry....more


Gen. 44:18-21; 23 b: 45:1-5, Mt. 10: 7-15 St. Benedict 11th Day of Fast for Gospel Non-Violence and 3 rd Day of Ramadam...more

Forgiving Leads to Wholeness

July 6 St. Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr, Sixth Day of Annual Forty Day Fast for the Truth of the Gospel of Non-Violence Mt. 9:14-17 ...more

Paula Deen: Is Forgiveness Enough?

There are many public conversations happening around the news of Paula Deen's racist language and employment practices.On Facebook, a friend wrote: ...more