Category: Lifestyle

spiritual garden

Tending Our Spiritual Garden

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Garden Heritage I remember my grandmother reciting those words to me from the Mother Goose nursery rhymes book she favored. She was also quite the gardener, which probably explains her love of this particular nursery rhyme. She had two gardens in two counties and canned, froze, and preserved to her heart’s...

modesty

Modesty and Shades of Gray

Vastly differing opinions come to mind as we contemplate modesty and the proper way to dress. While there are no shades of gray when in comes to morality, there is certainly some flexibility when seeking the moral course in modesty. Some room for diversity in how clothing appears remains. In seeking this middle ground, I think of something my mother...

snowflake, faith

Cultural Snowflakes and Christianity Lite
A Catholic Solution to Both

We find ourselves in a world ruled by feelings these days. The harsh realities of truth and boundaries are hidden from view. In their stead we find that we are simply languishing in an imaginary comfort zone of our own device. Sometimes the conservative media types call those suffering from this syndrome, “Snowflakes”. A rather apt, albeit edgy description, considering...

when you feel down

What to Do When You Feel Down

Ho hum, some days just don’t feel all that inspirational. You’ve tried the usual things – taking it to God in prayer, coffee, maybe a bite of something tasty – but you’re still feeling off. What’s a body to do when she just can’t seem to get that lift back in her step?  Through trial and error, as well as...

social media, facebook, mewe

Social Media for Catholics
Why Facebook is Still Relevant

Following the upheaval caused by Facebook and how it doesn’t play nicely with others, I ventured into the world of other social media outlets. The medium I settled on was MeWe. In the end, however, Facebook won out. Here I explain the reasoning behind my full-throttled return to the social media giant. Love it or hate it, the value of...

give a hand, survivor

Do This Survivor A Favor
Don’t Go Komen Pink For Me

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a tough month for me and many other informed survivors. This year, however, the pink forces are arriving earlier than ever. As an almost thirteen-year breast cancer survivor, it would seem that the colorful efforts by Susan G Komen and other groups would warm my heart. By all appearances, they portray their activities and...

veil, sacred, tabernacle, devotion

Devotion: Lifting the Veil Onto My Head

The devotion of wearing a veil should indicate an inner holiness and submission to the will of God. If the resolve is to be taken seriously, if the Lord is to recognize our gift of self, our actions must speak fully and without reservation. Otherwise we are no more than the clanging gong of self congratulatory vanity.