My smile is presently bigger as October ushers in many events and celebrations that simply make me happy. But it’s also a bittersweet time of year for me given my father suddenly passed away on September 30, 2009. I now am annually flooded with memories of that fateful day just about the same time the … [Read more…]
Running the race with perseverance doesn’t always involve running. Sometimes, running the race simply means moving forward. St. Joseph certainly did a lot of walking. From Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and back again. He is a model of faith because he keeps walking, even in the dark. So here’s to saying yes to God, to walking and moving forward even if (when?) doors are slammed in your face.
Happy Leap Day! Given this day comes around once every four years, I am excited to use (or abuse) the occasion to ask you to take … wait for it … a leap of faith with me. Read more about this call from God that has me completely energized and absolutely terrified all at once. It’s called The Well: An Encounter for Women.
While reading the daily Mass readings on the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, I was struck not so much by Saul’s dramatic conversion rather by Ananias’ faithfulness and obedience. St. Ananias reached out to me so forcefully that I declared him my February Saint of the Month right then. Here’s what he’s teaching me about developing a close relationship with the Lord.
Before I move on from my January saint of the month and share February’s, here are a few thoughts resting on my heart inspired, in part, by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. It’s a confluence of ideas, of sort — Old Testament figure meets the first American-born saint who then collide with a pop culture icon. Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but work with me here.
It’s that time of the year when many of us enlist the help of an online saint generator to randomly select a saint who journeys with us throughout the year. Rather than journeying with one random saint this year, I’ll walk with at least twelve. Think of it as a saint of the month club. My January saint of the month is Elizabeth Ann Seton – daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.