Dear Susan, Leave it to Pope Francis to upstage us. After months of planning to make this past year all about us and our Golden Jubilee celebration, the Pope did a mic drop, declaring the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy right in the middle of our special time. I find it no accident that having… Continue reading A Tale of Two Jubilees: Mercy or Me?
Dear Anne, Fifteen years ago, four airplanes (and the monsters that flew them) turned our world upside down. Eight years later, a plane that landed safely on the Hudson (and Chesley Sullenberger, the hero who flew it) lifted the hearts of the whole country, not just New York City. I went to see the movie… Continue reading Called to Serve, Called to Prepare: Lessons From Captain Sully and Our First Responders
Dear Anne, How does a nice Catholic girl like me end up at the new Mormon Temple in Philadelphia, on my birthday, no less? No, I wasn’t swayed by adorable young men on bikes to convert and I didn’t get lost on the way to our cathedral which is virtually next door. The temple has… Continue reading Philadelphia Freedom
Dear Susan, As you wrote so eloquently last week, it can be hard to cope with Empty Nest Syndrome. Amen to that! For the last couple of weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has looked like a Lifetime movie, with emotional moms and dads bidding bittersweet farewells to their college-bound offspring. The parents are all my age… Continue reading Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent
And so it was that she, having waited long and endured patiently realized and obtained what God had promised. -Hebrews 6:15 Dear Susan, I so hope that heaven is not like Disneyland. Don’t get me wrong, I like my Disney, but the crowds! It is overwhelming. I know that if I end up in Purgatory,… Continue reading Four Amusement Parks and a Funeral: What Waiting in Line Teaches Us About Waiting for God
Dear Susan, This year, we were treated to the “sexiest Olympics opening ceremony ever,” according to Gisele Bundchen, Brazil native and supermodel. Not only was Gisele part of the opening but she promised “lots of nearly naked women doing the samba.” Perhaps no hosting city has summed up the dual physical and spiritual nature of… Continue reading Fruits of the Olympic Spirit
Dear Anne, It’s that time of the year again. Drive any highway and you will see minivans and family SUV’s loaded up with XL twin sheets, mini refrigerators and free-flowing maternal angst. Yes, it’s time for college freshmen to head to school. I’ve done that trip three times, our nest getting a little emptier and… Continue reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?