looking beyond the dreadlocks

It was Divine Mercy Sunday. I had just finished hearing confessions at a parish about an hour from home. The gas gauge in my car read “E” – the red side of “E”.

So I pulled up at the first gas station I saw and reached for my wallet. But it wasn’t there! I had left it at home.

Luckily for me, there was quite a collection of change in the cup holder in the car. I counted it out – two dollars and eighteen cents in assorted pennies, nickels, quarters and dimes. Probably not enough to get home, but it might get me close, and then I could call for help. As I walked to the register, change in hand, there were all sorts of people about filling up their cars, but I noticed one man with fluffy dreadlocks in particular. “Wow,” I thought inside. Read the rest of this entry »


Is it time for the last first?

Long ago in the days of typewriters and carbon paper, I was editor of a small weekly newspaper in the Chicago suburbs.

I was blessed to have two energetic and enterprising reports on my staff.

One was a male with very traditional views of the role of women. Frankly, he was a bit of a Neanderthal.

The other was a female who was active in the local chapter of the National Organization for Women and an ardent feminist. Read the rest of this entry »


The feminine genius

"Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world's understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic." St. John Paul II

Both Pope Francis and St. John Paul II used the expression "feminine genius." Not much to add to the quotes above…but I am certainly grateful for the input and example that I have received from so many women in my life.

 

 


A guy walks into a baseball game...

OK...so a man walks into a White Sox game with an Australian, a South African, a Cubs fan (all consecrated women) and his wife.  What happens?  The man has a  wonderful afternoon with great friends.  Thanks to Sonia Baldwin (Australian), Lauren Hawkesworth (South African), Mary Maher (Cubs fan) and Charmaine Fair (wife).


Let God take us over...

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” CS Lewis

When Michelangelo went to look for blocks of marble in major quarries, he would say; "Look, Moses is already in this block of marble, I need to bring him out!" This is what the Holy Spirit is trying to do to our soul everyday…to chisel out the image of Christ that is buried within, through his gentle inspirations and desires that he puts in our hearts. Daily prayer and a strong Sacramental life help to facilitate this process tremendously!

 

 


Making up what is lacking

It seems to me that "making up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ" implies that there was something lacking in his redemption. Now, I'm not the only one who has a problem with this. Many a theologian, far more advanced than I has found real issue with this thought.

So, how about a new twist?

If all of us together are Christ's body (mystically) and individually members of it, then I can understand in a very visceral, very personal way what might be lacking in Christ's sufferings for the church. Read the rest of this entry »


moments that make me smile

Last Friday the preschool students came to mass with all the other students at school. No one gave any warning, but I tried to make things as simple and short as respectfully possible.

It turns out that one little boy was quite anxious to go after about 5 minutes. “When will it be over?” he asked his teacher. “There’s just four more songs,” she replied. After each song he’d ask how many more were left. When he was down to one song, we had just finished with communion, and there’s usually a moment of silence. I like to sit down and close my eyes and pray a little. Apparently, upon seeing me do this, the little boy threw his hands up in the air. “Now he’s taking a nap!” he cried in dismay. Read the rest of this entry »


Turkey Necks in a Crockpot

Have you ever eaten turkey necks? Cooked in a crock pot? Well I hadn’t either until last Sunday.

Perusing down the meat section at Walmart, a discounted meat package caught my eye. Always looking for a bargain, I picked up the turkey necks and sized them up.

There’d be just enough for everyone in my community to have at least one. And at a bargain price, compared to the surrounding chicken and beef.

Yes, I’ve been planning the menus, cooking, and grocery shopping for my Houston consecrated sisters for the past month. I’ve been trying out new recipes, calling my mom for cooking tips, and figuring out how to manage the kitchen on a limited budget and with the odds and ends from the pantry shelves. Read the rest of this entry »


The faithful arrive

Hundreds – perhaps thousands – of the faithful and devoted lined Michigan Avenue in Chicago last week.

With passion, they waited breathlessly to enter the sanctuary of their cult and hold in their hands the object of their greatest love and desire. Read the rest of this entry »


International meeting The Pastoral Project of Evangelii gaudium (3)

Team Regnum Christi at the international meeting

Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Rome, Sept 18-19-20

This morning we began with community prayer led by Mons Fisichella to the strains of the Taizé “Magnificat” by a small choir and a guitarist. Read the rest of this entry »



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