A Servant Leader

Every person is called to be a leader in some way. We see parents as leaders teaching children to grow into whole persons. We see teachers leading children to be all they can be. We see civic leaders working for their communities. The list of ways we are called to be leaders is practically endless….

Why Do We Honor the Saints?

Honoring the saints is a practice that is uniquely Catholic. From earliest times in the Christian community we have recognized that some women and men lived lives that served as models of faithfulness and commitment to their God. Contrary to the beliefs of some, Catholics do not worship Mary or the saints. We worship only…

Retreat Time

One of my favorite times each year is when I am on retreat. Every vowed religious is required to take time each year for prayer and reflection during a set time called retreat. My favorite type of retreat is to spend 7-8 days in a hermitage in a woods or some other kind of nature…

Labor Day

We celebrate Labor Day Monday, September 7th. This is the day we say is the unofficial end of summer. A more important reason for the day is to celebrate workers and all they do for our country, cities, neighborhoods and families. “In the U.S., the first Labor Day parade was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in…

Praying with Scripture

The Catholic Church teaches that praying with scripture is integral to our Christian life. We are taught that scripture is the living word of God. The sad truth is that many Catholics are not familiar with scripture except for the Sunday mass readings. Sometimes due to distractions, these sacred words go in one ear and…

Courage

One of the unnamed women of scripture is the woman with a hemorrhage. (Mark 5:25-34) She is significant because she was healed of her infirmity by touching Jesus’ garment without asking for healing or Jesus initiating the healing. In fact, he said he felt power go out of him when the actual healing took place….

Quiet Time

The older I get the more I realize that I need quiet time. We live in a society where activity, noise and busyness are the norm. It seems that Covid-19 brought many people to a new way of understanding their lives. Forced to stay home due to enforced lock down, some found themselves “antsy” because…

Roses

On June 21, the first full day of summer, I visited Fellowes Riverside Gardens in Youngstown. The gardens are part of a large public park, Mill Creek Park. Every season different kinds of flowers are planted that grow well at that specific time of year. My favorite time to visit is springtime when seemingly thousands…

Pain and Suffering

Two months ago I had a shoulder replacement. For several months prior to the surgery I experienced severe pain in my right arm and shoulder. I am right-handed so the pain limited my actions. This is not the first time I experienced physical pain but this time it brought a much clearer awareness of how…

Fear and Faith

Why Are You Afraid? (Mark 4:35-41) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.  A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat…