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To Be Or Let Be

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

This Sunday’s readings are all about fear, bravery and courage. The first interpretation of courage comes from our first reading. In the reading from Jeremiah, the idea of courage is a masculine, militaristic one, understandable from a highly patriarchal warrior culture. The second reading from the epistle to the Romans, Saint Paul tells us that […]

Agape Flower

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

This weekend the universal Church celebrates the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi as it was referred to for centuries. The summer feast would have been a proud time for the people in medieval Europe, an opportunity to perform mystery plays and eat special foods, but for us […]

Everything I Learned, I Learned in Kindergarten

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Working in a school, this time of year always makes me reflective. I’ve talked about how as an educator the year’s breaths are taken at a different pace. Our ‘ending’ is in the summer, while our new year seems to be in the fall. This week I find myself in the same mood.  It is […]

Thank God for Birthdays

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Happy Birthday OLMC! Well, it isn’t just our birthday; it is the entire Church’s birthday! Pentecost is considered the Church’s birthday because it was on that wonderful and strange day when, fifty days after Easter, the apostles and women of the earliest Church were so inspired by their conversion they began to preach the Gospel. […]

The Problem of Pain

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Well this is a little daunting. Our beautiful Easter season comes to an end (Pentecost is just around the corner) with a prayer and maybe even a warning. With Jesus’ glorious ascension, we, the people of God, are left to continue the mission of service and love. Make no mistake, Jesus’ prayer in the Gospels […]

Feel The Spirit

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The Church is gearing up for the late Easter season and with it readings about the Holy Spirit begin to emerge from the ambo. I’ve written before on how it is sometimes difficult to understand what the Holy Spirit actually is.  “God’s glue” or “God’s Wi-Fi” are terms I’ve used to try to illuminate the […]

Thoughts on Mom

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I never thought I’d do this. In the never ending mêlée of sibling rivalry I never hoped to surrender an inch never the less this semi-sacred space, but in honor of my beloved mother I thought I’d surrender the blog to my older sister, the poet and essayist Christy Gualtieri who delivered the following eulogy […]

Weird Abundance

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

One of my favorite poets is Anne Sexton. She was difficult, deeply complicated and suffered from mental illness, but her thirst for spiritual redemption and her use of imagery, while at times shocking, was and continues to be deeply exciting to me.  When researching her work (I wrote my final twenty-five page undergraduate paper on […]

Easter Examples

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

This weekend’s readings are all about sharing the news of Christ. If in Lent we are called to turn inward, to self reflect and contemplate, then the Easter season is a season of evangelizing, sharing and serving in an outward fashion.  Admittedly, I can be a little weary of the evangelical call to convert others, […]

Scenes From A Catholic Gift Shop

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

I guess it had to be Easter. This week we at Our Lady of Mount Carmel were honored to host the Funeral Mass of the beloved (and legendary) Sr. Trinity Kenny, MFIC. The emotional outpouring of love was such a sign of our faith, so beautiful, so… well,  Easter. The Lord’s resurrection was powerfully displayed […]

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