November 1st is All Saints Day when many recall their favorite saints. It is easy to place these virtuous men and women on a pedestal and think you could never achieve sanctity. Some people say, “I’m no saint” like it is an unreachable goal. The fact is that we are all called to be saints.Continue reading
There is Nothing Like a Mother’s Love
Just spent the weekend with my mother in my hometown. She has taught me so much about love and service and my faith. For example, when I struggled down some stormy roads earlier in my life, her unconditional love and maternal tenderness was a beacon for me in my dark time. From big things, like her Continue reading
Who is That Man?
Have you ever come across a person that captured your attention and left you wanting to learn more about them? Maybe you wondered, just who is that man? (or woman?) One such person that intrigued me in my younger years was Saint Anthony of Padua. Mainly because I was taught the prayerful phrase, “Tony, Tony, look around…something’s lost and can’t be found.” I was curious why we ask Saint Anthony for help when we lose something. Was it because he lost things when he was a child?
As I researched this pious person, I found some interesting things about him. Take the quiz below and you can learn more about this spiritual role model too.
- Saint Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. What name was he given at his baptism?
Lazy, Hazy, Crazy
“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” This song by the famous Nat King Cole has been on my mind lately. The three adjectives, lazy, hazy and crazy are pretty good descriptors of my summer so far. Yesterday was the feast day of Mary Magdalen. As I contemplated her inspirational life it seemed to me that crazy, hazy and lazy, were fairly good descriptors of her life too. Continue reading
My Guest Blogger is Dead
I am in a writing slump, so a guest blogger is filling in. Only problem is—he’s dead. Good thing he left behind some of his writings!
Brother Jacopone Da Todi, died in 1306. He was a Franciscan poet and mystic. He would not know what a blog is – much less a computer. But he did know how to write profound words about God’s love. With “permission” (obtained through prayer) Brother Jacopone is the guest blogger today! You can find out more about this holy writer by clicking on the link at the end of this blog. Continue reading