Why then, are we afraid?

Why then, are we afraid?

  It hardly seems worth the effort to post these days; what with the upheaval from the new health care bill to the atheist interviews with Pope Francis…I’d like to find a Cistercian Abbey somewhere and retire in silence. Only, it’s almost December and time to cook the ravioli. My sister would hunt me down. I caught a glimpse of the title of my blog this morning when I put it in the search engine on my iPhone and was reminded why I started this in the first place. It was this bit from the book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization Thomas E  Woods, that inspired me three years back,   “In the 16th Century The Bell of the Wanderer was a special bell that rang every night to call to the wandering traveler or anyone overcome by...

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

Get Out of the Game of a Life of Complaints

  Christ and the Two Followers on the Road to Emmaus Alonzo Cano between 1635 and 1650     When I was a young girl, I’d bring my litany of complaints to my father, and he’d tell me ~   Complaining won’t change the problem, and it won’t change people. Everyone else will sleep tonight — but you.   I thought of my dad’s wisdom after reading the Holy Father’s message from his morning Mass earlier this week.   Pope Francis preached about the Gospel story from St Luke about the two disappointed disciples on the road to Emmaus after the death of Jesus.   Complaining frequently can become an obsession that obscures the presence of Jesus in difficult situations, Pope Francis has said.   They were...

The Heat Has Been Turned Up in the Kitchen

The Heat Has Been Turned Up in the Kitchen

    I don’t write well in the swell of emotions. It’s like being wired wrong for a few days and having to wait on the Lord to sort it all out. On the day of the election, I had a sick feeling in my stomach, a sudden realization that things in this country were about to change in a profoundly spiritual way. We were about to cross a line. I don’t know about it being economically irreversible, others write more proficiently about such things, and I seriously doubt that’s the crux of the matter.   There has been a moral and cultural sickness prevalent and palatable in this country for many years, warned about by many a great “watchman on the wall”, yet ignored, rebutted, rebuked, and ridiculed by the masses,...

When Mary Enters In

When Mary Enters In

  Inmaculada Concepción Francisco de Zurbarán 1630   Things change. How do I know this? From the witness of history, the testimonies of others and the teaching of the Church. In itself that should be enough, but it’s not. Why? Because we are humbly human and we need to know it… personally. At least I do. This past week I spoke to person after person who expressed their profound fear for the condition of our culture, the nation and the world. They spoke with a passion I never knew they had, a concern that seemed to consume their thoughts, as if it were an angst hidden beneath a protective shield that has suddenly been torn away. And it gave me pause. It made me think about how things are rapidly changing right before our eyes and how we can...

What is There to Fear ?

What is There to Fear ?

  Building Noah’s Ark Französischer Meister c.1675     Be firm in your resolutions. Stay in the ship which Christ has placed you and let the storms and the hurricanes come. Long live Jesus Christ. You will not perish. What is there to fear? Let the world turn upside down. Let everything be in darkness, smoke and noise. God is with us.   —Padre Pio     Unreasonable fears come in many forms: people, circumstances, and even the devil who most assuredly knows our weaknesses. This is my meditation today to help guard me from servile fear and my endless list of weaknesses–to  point me instead toward a fear of the Lord and the assurance of His presence in the struggle.   +PAX        ...