Monday, 16 April 2018

16 April

the fun

I stumbled across this old picture of my sister and I circa 1983!

We are on a ferry in Washington state.

I was living there and she was visiting after graduating from high school. 

the good

I also found this old picture of me.

I think we were near Port Townsend, WA.

the random

I'm just sending out a bunch of good luck wishes

to those running the Boston marathon today.

I know a few people running including our own Tamar.

It's a terrible day here...windy, freezing cold, and rain/sleet/snow....

You just never know what the weather will bring for marathon day.

Sunday, 15 April 2018


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Teach me, Lord, your way

that I may walk in your truth,

single-hearted and revering your name.

Psalm 85:11

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Monday, 9 April 2018

9 April

The random

My sister, my brother, and myself

about a gazillion years ago.

I think it was one Easter morning probably around 1970.


the good

Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday.

I went to the St. John Paul II Shrine in Salem, MA

where a special Mass and dedication service was held

in honor of Cardinal O'Malley giving a relic of 

Pope John Paul II to the shrine. 

It was very moving.


the fun

When Bonnie, Verne and I were at the plant nursery last week

Verne climbed up into a big red chair that was there for display.

He's always fun to be with!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday

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May mercy, peace, and love
be yours in abundance. 

Jude 1:2

Every word we speak, every step we take, every prayer we utter

is to be with mercy toward our neighbor. 

That is how we are called to love the Lord -

With love for our neighbors. 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

5 April

That favorite boy of mine

and his mother and I went to a plant nursery up near their house on Monday.

We walked around in there for nearly 2 hours!

The day had started with snow so we just pretended it was summer

and plants were blooming all everywhere.

I came home with three very interesting ferns

and a white geranium.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018


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It's late on Easter night.

When I was a young teenage girl I used to listen to the record

Jesus Christ Superstar...a lot. 

I grew up in the seventies...we had records and hippies.

I think it was the movie that put Jesus into a person

I could relate to for the first time. 

I had heard all about how He came down to earth

as a man...but I couldn't see it. 

He was sort of dream-like and far away

and saying lots of stuff  I didn't pay much attention to

like the priests at the Masses I sporadically attended. 

But seeing the movie Jesus Christ Superstar on TV one Saturday afternoon

turned him into someone I could relate to,

and I saw, for the first time, what was meant by

He came down as man.

I went to the record store and bought the original album 

which differed slightly from the movie soundtrack.

I listened to that record over and over and over.

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It was a double record set and it was in a brown cover

with gold colored lettering

and I knew all the words by heart...I still do. 

But I always turned it off when it got to the part 

when Jesus was on the cross.

It was too sad.

At the end of the  movie the whole cast of characters gets back on the bus

except for Jesus who is hanging on a the cross as they drive past.

It's so quiet and empty and eerie as they drive away

and it must be exactly what he felt...

My God, my God, why have you abandon me?

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A commenter on another blog, which I read the other day,

said that she likened Jesus going to the cross

to a woman having a baby...

and how at the end of all that pain there is a beautiful baby...

Just as at the end of Jesus's pain there is this beautiful gift. 

But a woman's body is hard-wired to go into labor at the right time.

We women don't really have a choice about such things...

(if we did, I might still be pregnant, 'cause pain just isn't my thing.)

We go into labor knowing we will have a baby

just as Jesus went to the cross knowing he would rise on the third day.

But because Jesus was a man, and men have free will,

he had a choice.

He could have walked away from that garden and never looked back.

He could have said, "Well, I went as far as I could with them, 

but they are a hard-headed group. See ya."

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But he didn't say that. He said

Not as I will; but as You will. 

He waited in the garden while his friends slept.

He waited at Gethsemane for what he knew would come.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

2 April

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You formed my inmost being;

You knit me in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am wonderfully made;

wonderful are your works!

My bones are not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

fashioned in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw me unformed;

in your book all are written down;

my days were shaped, before one came to be. 

Psalm 139:13-16

I am 55 this day.

-halfway through my fifties and moving at a steady clip.

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In this weeks Boston Pilot newspaper is THIS article 

about the Mass held before the March for our Lives in Boston on March 24th.

He spoke about the importance of gun laws

and how it is grace that calls us to speak as prophets

and not surrender to fear and cynicism. 

It really touched me and makes me proud to proclaim my Catholic faith. 

There is something very satisfying to me about doing laundry. 

Saturday morning I washed the whites 

and of an afternoon we had the window in the bedroom open

and clean sheets on the bed. 

It was a bright and sunny day and 

all the folks out and about today

giant kites flying on long beach and dogs barking on dog beach,

and seagulls calling out to one another at the shore line

as the sun sets.

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