A Gift from the King

Friday, January 17, 2020 Written by

January brings many things - the advent of longer days, New Year’s Resolutions, and most recently, a huge helping of extreme cold weather. But one thing that I always look forward to in January is the feast of the Epiphany. 

 

The feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th, which is the 13th day after Christmas. Linguistically, the word epiphany means “a divine revelation or insight”, and on this feast day, the Catholic Church takes that quite literally. The feast of the Epiphany celebrates when the three wise men, or magi, seek and find Jesus, who, quite literally, reveals the divine! 

99 Batches of Beer on the Wall

Thursday, January 9, 2020 Written by

I started actively homebrewing beer in August 2015. Now, 4 ½ years later, I’ve just put my 100th batch into the fermenter. It’s a nice milestone at the start of a new year.

Pardon me while I reminisce.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Written by

 

On the first day of Christmas my parish gave to me:

A thousand lights in a giant tree...

The Hallmark of a Good Christmas Movie

Thursday, December 12, 2019 Written by

A couple of years ago, during the dearth of mid-winter television programming we settled one night on watching a Christmas movie. Little did I know at the time, but we had just encountered the Hallmark movie juggernaut. I don’t recall the title but I’m pretty sure the story was about a young woman, originally from a small town but with a successful career in the big city who goes back home for Christmas and falls in love with a handsome widower and his adorable young daughter. Every house and street in the movie was festooned with thick layers of Christmas trees and other decorations. There would also have been a tree lighting ceremony in the town square, snowman making, carol singing, cookie baking and all manner of other Christmas merriment. 

Manly, Manly, Manly, Manly Men!

Friday, December 6, 2019 Written by

It always feels a bit ridiculous for me, a woman, to have a conversation with a man about what it means to be manly… and better yet, to insist I am correct.  But what can I say, I am a woman, it’s what we do. (I bet you already feel bad for my husband, and indeed you should.) Unfortunately for all of my close male friends, I do have opinions. 

Happy New Year?

Friday, November 29, 2019 Written by

By David Polzen

This Saturday marks the end of another Church year, and on Sunday we begin a new Church year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent starting us off on the Sunday Lectionary Cycle of Year A (The year of Matthew) and the Weekday Lectionary Cycle of Series Year II.    I have noticed that we don’t bring in the new Church year as we do the new calendar year. There is no ball dropping in Time Square or champagne corks popping at midnight; but over the past few years I have introduced the concept of making a new year’s resolution for the beginning of the Church year...

“So what did you get this time?”

Friday, November 22, 2019 Written by

This past few months I have accompanied my husband when he had to travel a far distance for work. He is able to rent a vehicle instead of driving our own. Over the last few years he has brought home a number of makes and models.

Wounds Call for Healing

Friday, November 15, 2019 Written by

After reading a presentation by Cardinal Tagle, titled The Smell of the Sheep; Knowing their pain and healing their wounds is at the core of the shepherd's task, I have highlighted and summarized here some excerpts that spoke to me.

How do we deal with wounded church? It is not by lack of response to the suffering of victims. It is not also covering up the scandals, living “a deep wound in our relationship with those we are sent to serve.”

For me, the Word of God keeps me on the path to Love. It reveals to me that He does indeed have a plan for all that happens in this world, and that gives me the confidence to be able to continue on in my vocation to love. My experience is that love is not easy all the time, but Scripture helps me to see the bigger picture and grounds the efforts that I make day by day, even when they seem fruitless. This is because the Word of God is ultimately relational, where His voice calls out, sharing the truth of His love for me and emboldening me to follow that path in love for the world.

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