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Devotionals

Devotionals

or: Things Junior Likes Today he first came running with the Holy Water; he has always loved to be blessed with Holy Water, usually at bedtime, but pretty much any time of day.  I believe he has poured the entire bottle out on himself more than once…  This little bottle was given to Jeff by(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 5

Sunday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend mass with my brother and his family at their home parish, the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo. What a blessing, my heart was so full because it was the very first time I’d been able to attend mass with them since we all became Catholic. Afterward, we came(…)

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

August in Minnesota: A Brief Interregnum – Part 4

Saturday morning Vicki and I were treated to a mini-concert, when Lauren, who had brought her baritone with her from Montana, brought it out and played for us. I couldn’t be more proud of her for picking up a brand new instrument and learning to play — and well! — and take so much joy from(…)

Gifts

Gifts

Before I up and leave town, I want to say some things about today.   Thing One: This is a heart-full of lovely people. Each one is a gift for which I am so grateful!   Thing Two: Joann brought these for us today, and they could not be more perfect for our home. I(…)

A Multiplicity of Celebrations

A Multiplicity of Celebrations

This past weekend was busy in some unusual ways.  For Paul it was, perhaps, busiest of all, as he had to take a flying trip up to the ranch after work on Thursday for a Friday morning meeting of the Carrizo Ranch Association.  Apparently it was a good, cordial and productive meeting, with little of(…)

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

This week started with such promise and joy – Pentecost Sunday, a high point of the liturgical year, was made even more magnificent as we saw from afar that our pilgrims in Rome were celebrating the day in St. Peter’s with the Pope.   Then there was the anticipation of and finally the homecoming of(…)

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014

  “And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled(…)

Pentecost Sunday With The Pope

Pentecost Sunday With The Pope

I have thus far successfully restrained myself from posting here any of the Rome photos from the Ss. Simon and Jude Youth Group Facebook page, because I know how wonderful Laurent’s own pics will be when she returns — but today I can’t hold back! Our pilgrims received such a great blessing, with the aid(…)

Romeward Bound

Romeward Bound

I’m actually amazed at how peace-filled I am this morning after bidding farewell to my lovely Laurent.  She is off on a great journey, traveling today with about 12 other pilgrims to spend two weeks in Rome; and what a joy it has been to watch her prepare over the last year, completely independently. She(…)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

The homily for the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014, by Fr. John Lankeit at Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral. John 14:15 Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”   Learn more about Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix– and check out the Diocese of(…)