Spending Lent with Mary

spending lent with mary

A few years ago, my Lent began in an unfamiliar house, face-to-face with a woman who was living my nightmare. On Epiphany that year, my sister-in-law faced a horror I still can’t imagine, one that topped her list of sorrows and that changed my prayer life forever. When her husband, my brother-in-law, died suddenly and […]

Mary and the Passion

crucifixion botticelli

A Mary Moment Monday post Recently, one of my oldest friends asked me for some insight on the Virgin Mary and the Passion. She’s not Catholic, but she reads my blog anyway (like I said, one of my oldest friends). She had an “assignment” at her church, and she was preparing a talk considering Mary’s […]

A Mother’s Tears

Mary Figure

A Mary Moment Monday post I’ve been thinking about this post since Friday afternoon, when my mother-in-law got a call from my sister-in-law about what had happened in Connecticut. Then, a friend on Facebook started a prayer movement. But…what can I say? What can I add? All I have is a title. And a mental […]



A Mary Moment Monday post Nine days ago, it was Christmas. Nine days ago, it was a whole different year than now, 2010. Nine days ago, I began a special novena to Our Lady of Sorrows. Today is an anniversary our family will hold dear and commemorate for many years to come. It is one […]

Remembering with Prayer

Tomorrow marks one year. I don’t want to dwell on it here, because I feel like it’s not my pain and somehow, by writing about it too much, I somehow act like it is. Don’t get me wrong: I feel pain. We all do. But it’s nothing to what my sister-in-law and his daughters feel. […]

Appreciating Fall


This year, I’m appreciating fall in a new way. I credit my sister-in-law, the one who has moved back to Ohio after seven years away from our version of fall, with this heightened awareness of the beauty around me. I usually notice it, mind you. This is one of my favorite times of the year. […]

Mary in Tears

our lady sorrows

Another in the Mary Moment Monday series This week, on September 15, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts of Mary, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. She’s a special Mary to me, one who’s close to my heart, who knows my heart, who speaks to my heart. She’s the Mary who holds me […]

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