Divorce is a beast; a death without the casseroles and condolences. There is no wake, no eulogy, no funeral mass. Just a searing loss without bereavement leave. Somehow, the Catholic annulment of my first marriage by the Church, a concept I initially found utterly ridiculous, brought me healing from years of shame and rejection.
Paco Gonzales proudly shared his First Communion class photo with the Facebook community. The photo was taken in 1976 at St Joseph Church, Edinburg, Texas. The church is in the Brownsville Diocese, which was established nine years before this picture was taken. (In 1965, it was created after Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo and Starr Counties were […]
Beautiful Irish Girls, First Communion, Early 1980s DAILY PHOTO: First Communion, the early 1980s. I love pictures that reflect the religious and spiritual histories of young Gen-Xers — First Communions, Baptisms, Dedications, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, church services, church camps, etc. I thought this picture was timely because it’s the season of First Communions in […]
It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through. —Whitney Phipps I get up every morning around 5 o’clock and I sit with my coffee on the couch and wait for the light to appear […]
St. Bridget of Sweden wrote five inward and five outward things we must have. This wise instruction was given to her by Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Until today, I had never read these words. They are so beautiful, I wanted to pass them along to you. “Daughter, you must have five inward things and […]
Mary Undoer of Knots Pray For Us Mother of fair love, I look to you. Take into your hands the ribbon of my life, and see the snarl of knots that keeps me bound to sin, anxiety, and hopelessness. I beg you, Mother, by your powerful intercession and long fingers of love and grace, undo […]
It’s Turtle Tuesday, time to talk about the Rosary, motherhood and Generation Z, the Homelander Generation. For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. — From What Is Prayer, The Catechism of […]