One morning, while praying before Mass, I remembered a priest had suggested that we should pray every day that we might be an instrument to lead someone closer to Christ. That morning, I asked God to use me that day to bring someone-- anyone, I wasn’t picky-- closer to his Son, Jesus. After Mass ended, the little Vietnamese lady seated next to me leaned over and asked if I would help her son.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
One summer afternoon during the Sixties, I watched as pods from another planet grew replacement bodies to invade the human race with duplicate, soul-less creatures. After watching the original version of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as an eight-year-old, I felt fearful walking around my neighborhood as if there was something out there.
Many years later, I am again fearful of what is out there. We have been invaded; this time for real. I will offer the proof.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Mondays can be tough. The 21st Century can be tough too. Mystical Mondays is balm for your 21st Century Mondays. Let’s put God smack down into the beginning of your week to help you through it with faith and inspiration.
I often write articles about the insanity (a.k.a. evil) of the world. I interview exorcists, write about the lies of overpopulation and contraception, and rant about parents who bring their children to a Miley Cyrus concert. I recognize evil; sometimes report on it, but then turn towards God. Throughout the day it is my custom to pray: “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put all my trust in you.” No matter where the world is going, Jesus is the way, the light, and the truth, now and forever.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Toxins are poisons that can cause disease if absorbed into our bodies. In the spiritual world, the poison of evil has been absorbed by our culture.
Christians are hunkering down for the spiritual battle that is intensifying and sometimes, are feeling overwhelmed. I know the feeling. But three things have lifted my spirit recently and have given me a plan to detoxify my soul this Lent
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Buying tickets to take your kids to Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” concert was not a waste of money. No, that is too delicate a term. What you did was make a down payment on the sale of your children’s souls. I’m sad that you’ve lost your own and I pray that you find it, but can’t you love your children enough not to push them onto the road to perdition?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“Would you like to donate a toy to a homeless dog?” I was at Pet Smart buying kitten food for my daughter’s kitten.
“No thank you,” I answered then completed my transaction. I stepped aside and began putting on hat and gloves to go outside.
“Would you like to donate a toy to a homeless dog?” the cashier asked the next customer.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
“Stand still, Mary,” my mother scolded. “Or I can’t get these dress measurements right.” I was a typical nine-year-old girl, full of energy and mostly oblivious to the poverty that nipped at my parent’s heels. It was 1939 and the depression was in full force. Once my father was out of work, poverty no longer “nipped” at us; it had us in its grip. My Dad was a hard worker and loving father and husband. The pain of not being able to provide for his family, must certainly have run deep. There were eight children and a ninth baby was on the way.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
If you have not yet heard of the infamous, previously unknown, Amy Glass, take a deep breath and brace yourself. Her recent blog post “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry,” proved that a little venom can go a long way.
It appeared on the Brooklyn-based Thought Catalog blog a couple weeks ago and promptly cluttered the Internet with buzz. It even snagged the attention of a few cable news programs. Her point was to disparaged marriage and motherhood.
Friday, January 17, 2014
This Tuesday, January 22, hundreds of thousands people who understand the value of a baby in the womb will arrive in Washington D.C. for the March for Life. Yet, many of those who fight for life are part of a culture that leads to abortion.
Abortion is not an evil that stands alone. Rather, it is the culmination of distorted values and behaviors that have become mainstream.
Friday, January 3, 2014
This story took place in 1995. It was published in Guidepost Magazine and in Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart and has received more acclaim than anything I've ever written.
“Dad, can I just peek inside?” our ten-year-old son Luke asked, holding a cardboard box.
“Wait until we get home,” my husband, Mark, answered.
This was a day Luke had dreamed of for weeks. Finally, ducks! We had moved out into the country two months earlier. Even though we had dogs, cats and assortment reptiles and amphibians, Luke was impatient for some kind of farm animal. His five brothers and sisters were mildly interested in the ducklings, but not like Luke was. He was the one who had pleaded mercilessly for them.