Catholic · Mercy · mid-Life

A Tale of Two Jubilees: Mercy or Me?

  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?

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Called to Serve, Called to Prepare:  Lessons From Captain Sully and Our First Responders

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

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Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent

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

Catholic · humor

Four Amusement Parks and a Funeral: What Waiting in Line Teaches Us About Waiting for God

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

Catholic · Motherhood

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?

  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?