I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been experiencing a number of deaths, in particular friends and Sisters. Thank goodness, there is Easter to remind us that this world of ours isn’t the end. A whole new world lies on the other side, and it’s supposed to be more breathtaking than this gorgeous one…

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“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.” Luke 24:2 On the morning of the resurrection, women who went to the Lord’s rock-hewn tomb found that the stone blocking the entrance was rolled away. In Matthew’s account, the women saw an angel move…

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Happy Easter! May we all experience new life. Here is a moving rendition of a version of the popular “Hallelujah” for your enjoyment and refection. I especially like it because the lyrics appear with the hymn. The singers are sisters.

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It’s spring! We are watching the woods on our property, waiting for the light green haze they give off before the trees burst with leaves. Increasing numbers of birds are singing and flying by our windows. On social media people are posting photos of crocuses and snowdrops peaking through the soil. Soon our dry, brown…

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Because my name is Kathleen, occasionally someone will ask me if I’m Irish. I’m not, except on March 17, when suddenly everyone is Irish. We eat corned beef and cabbage, wear green, decorate with shamrocks, dance an Irish jig, and sing “Danny Boy.” The Chicago River has already been dyed green as usual. All of…

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The other day someone asked me a question. Before I had a chance to open my mouth, a person about three yards away called out the answer. Now that irritated me! Nevertheless, it did some good, because it suggested the topic for this week’s blog: pet peeves. I think every human being is irked by…

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“You knit me together in my mother’s womb. . . . I was being made in secret, intricately woven” (Psalm 139:13–15). What a beautiful figure of speech for our Creator God! The artwork here depicts God as an old man. Knitting, however, is usually the work of a woman. Maybe someday an artist will draw…

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This morning I saw a commercial for a car inviting people to “go the extra mile.” Now that is a good slogan for a Christian. After all, Jesus taught us disciples, “If anyone wants to sue you and take you coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile,…

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On February 18, 2021, the rover Perseverance is to land on Mars and collect samples. This achievement is the result of NASA’s perseverance. Perseverance, or persistence, is a virtue. Its partner patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Perseverance takes courage, a gift of the Holy Spirit. How is your New Year’s resolution going?…

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Today I saw this posted on Facebook: “The sweetest time of the day is when you pray because you’re talking to the one who loves you the most.” Valentine’s Day is a good time to reflect on God’s love for us. We all crave to be loved. Sometimes we need to know we are loved…

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Check out Sister Doreen’s poetry books on Amazon:  A Buffet of Poems to Savor, Enjoy, and Pray; 100 Haiku: Light Pierces Darkness; and The Mysteries of the Rosary.  Stay well!

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(This post was unavailable for some time last week due to technological problems, so I’m repeating it.) Even if you are not a fan of poetry, I think you would enjoy Sister Mary Doreen’s poems. When she died this year, she left behind a legacy of more than 300 of them. They are simple and…

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My friend Andy Woconish, who ministered with me at St. Dominic Church, wrote an imaginative piece on a Gospel story that I think will make you chuckle. He agreed to be my guest blogger this week. . . . This coming Sunday we hear a familiar gospel story about the call of the first Apostles…

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Last week Amy Cattapan interviewed me about my newest book A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits. It was the first time I was interviewed live with my face (and my apartment) showing. The interview is now on youtube. A friend who watched it commented that it was “a grand slam.” When I thanked Amy…

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Pope Francis declared this year “the year of St. Joseph.” It’s about time! Joseph can teach us many things. Long ago I heard a bishop recount in a homily how at Christmas his mother would set up the Nativity scene at their house. Every year she would take the stable and figurines out of the…

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The end of a year is a good time to look back and assess the 365 past days. The year 2020 is generally considered a terrible year, one that we will be glad to be rid of. Everyone has experienced disappointments if not suffering during this unprecedented time. Psychologists recommend ending each day with a…

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As promised, here is the first chapter of my book “A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits.” Merry Christmas! 1 An Unlikely Couple To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. ~ St. Augustine Do you ever lie awake at…

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Christmas is a celebration of God’s love: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Just in time for Christmas I finished writing “A Love Affair with God: Twelve Traits.” Although one publisher considered the book “too romantic,” I was guided by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila,…

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Father Tom Weber gave this homily during Advent one year. I like the twist at the end. A couple of months ago, I went over to the Department of Motor Vehicles bureau in Mayfield Heights. I took a seat along the wall and after a while, a clerk asked me, “What are you waiting for?”…

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This year we are challenged to keep in touch with family and friends in meaningful ways in order to celebrate our holidays. My friend Roman Vaynshtok, founder of the Peace and Balance Reiki Center, emailed me the following suggestions that you might wish to adopt. Holidays ideas during the pandemic. First things are first. There…

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Today’s Gospel was the story of Zacchaeus. It reminded me of the time I led a class of ninth graders through a reflection on it. The next day they surprised me by asking for another prayer like that one. Wow! I saved the reflection, and for what it’s worth I’m presenting it here. It may…

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A question on Facebook today was, “Will you still serve God if Christianity becomes a felony?” That might seem a farfetched question at first. But in view of the chaos in our country recently—vandalized religious statues, attacks on churches; attempts to eliminate God in schools, in the Pledge of Allegiance, and on our coins—the question…

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This past week I enjoyed two programs that I think you would also like. The first is a talk on the Eucharist, life, and art. The presentation includes much artwork, for which the Reverend Alexander Gorklavs, an Orthodox priest, gives many insights. You might skip the introductions and begin at 10.01. The talk is followed…

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Trees aglow with amazing fall colors surround our provincial center. How grateful I am to live where we experience all four seasons. Each one has its own beauty, but in my opinion autumn is the most spectacular. The red, orange, and gold leaves are simply glorious. But how quickly they fall! (Is this why fall…

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On Sunday mornings I like to watch Dr. Charles Stanley while I eat breakfast. This week he mentioned that God says, “Do not fret,” three times in Psalm 37. I had to check it. He was right. This was new to me, although I did know that in the Bible God says, “Do not be…

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Last week on “Jeopardy” the final “answer” was “He tells his Son not to worry about the lamb for the burnt offering. God will provide it.” The brainy contestants wrote Joseph, Job, and Jonah. None of them recognized one of the most famous stories in the Bible: Abraham and his willing sacrifice of his son…

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Like many others are experiencing, lockdown has given me extra time. My talks and retreats have been cancelled. No more lunches or parties off our property. The upside of this deprivation is that besides writing more books, I’ve been able to read more. Here are a few: A retreat on images of Mary in art…

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Today is September 29, feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The day after tomorrow we will be in October, the month dedicated to the angels. And October 2 is the feast of our Guardian Angels. You probably memorized the prayer to your guardian angel: “Angel of God, my guardian dear . . .”…

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This week I read a book that in part promoted listening to God’s messages in your dreams. I tried it that night, but my many dreams were so jumbled I couldn’t glean any message from them. I figured that way of communicating with God was not for me. Then last night loud and clear I…

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RESOURCE 1: Today Covid-19 makes it necessary for parents to more fully carry out their role as the chief teachers of their children. It also means that children are spending more time at home and in the house. Parents are faced with the question, How do I keep them busy and in a meaningful way?…

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My friend Jodie Bowers, a pastoral minister with whom I worked at St. Dominic Parish in Shaker Heights, has written a reflection that I thought was worth sharing. Here it is: One of the blessings of the pandemic has been the invitation to slow down and live with mindfulness and intention. Breathe deeply and exhale. As our…

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Some time ago a friend gave me this little bird along with the scripture verse “Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feed them. Are you not you more important than they?” (Matthew 6:26) The bird sits next to my…

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I think we have an innate drive to teach others what we know. Parents constantly teach their children how to walk, talk, say thank you, and in general how to live as a good human being. By sharing what they know, mentors at work prepare others to do their job. Of course, the most important…

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Recently someone posted on Facebook a list of tiny things that bring joy. I wish I had copied it. Because I didn’t, I’ve come up with my own list. At the end is something worthwhile that I did copy: a reflection on happiness. Although it is attributed to Pope Francis and sometimes to a poet…

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My annual retreat this year was via Zoom and presented by Father Terry Grachanin, an artist. The topic was Marian art through the ages. Some concepts were new to me, and I thought they might be new to you too. So in this post I will share a few of them. The retreat was in…

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A Sunday church bulletin offered the following suggestions for staying sane and happy (or at least not depressed) while living through our present ordeal. I thought they were worth sharing with you: Limit your intake. You could watch 24-hour news channels, listen to dire warnings on the radio, or visit countless websites and be bombarded…

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Every day I’ve been posting humorous cartoons on Facebook. Several people have told me how much they enjoy them. We need something to lighten our spirits when it is easy to be overwheled with bad news. In case you are not my “friend” on Facebook, this week I’m providing thirty of the funniest cartoons for…

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When I was a child, my mom was fortunate to own a green book called What Can I Do Now, Mother? It was filled with creative projects to keep a child busy and out of her hair. Without it, the four of us kids would have spent many days bored and whining. Nowadays do you…

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Isn’t it amazing how during ordeals, people still find or create something to laugh about? Look at the number of jokes, cartoons, and puns on Facebook nowadays! I was going to write a post on laughter because in these times we need it. Then I remembered I had already written one. So here it is,…

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Once at a Christmas party while we were dining, my three-year-old grandnephew stood at the table crying hard. My brother-in-law said to him, “Go get Grandpa a cookie.” Instantly the little boy stopped bawling and went off in search of a cookie. My brother-in-law commented to me, “Your sister taught me how to distract him…

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Today I finished writing a book about God’s love for us and our love for God and sent it off to a publisher. In the process I learned a few things. Because we are in the month of June, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, let’s focus on the love of Jesus for us.…

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In honor of Pentecost, the celebration of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Church, here is the introduction to my newest book: The Holy Spirit: Font of Love, Life, and Power. Introduction At first I was tempted to title this book “The Holy Spirit: Our Superhero.” Since the 1930s, people have been intrigued with superheroes…

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Many people have never heard of St. Julie Billiart. She happens to be the foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the spiritual mother of us Coesfeld Notre Dames. I remember in grade school praying for her canonization, which occurred fifty years ago. In honor of that anniversary, we Chardon SNDs had planned a…

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A recent post on Facebook read something like this: This month is called May because it may rain, it may snow, it may be 70º, or it may be 20º. No matter what the weather, something that doesn’t change is Mary’s love for us, her God-given children. And the month of May is dedicated to…

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This morning I read an article about Bishop Gregory Mansour, the Maronite bishop of Brooklyn. I once helped him with writing a religious series for Maronite children. I knew him to be a kind, humble man. The article revealed his love for people. As the bishop walked down the street, he saw a man who…

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When I visited the Holy Land, our first stop was “Emmaus,” where we were told no one knows where Emmaus really is. This was confirmed when a friend emailed me that his friend on a pilgrimage had a similar experience. His Franciscan guide asked, “Is there anything else you want to see?” The friend said,…

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The Easter Season lasts fifty days, so the following chapter from my book Voices: God Speaking in Creation is still appropriate. Each chapter is a reflection on a physical object mentioned in Scripture. This chapter draws lessons from a stone: They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they…

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I was asked to make a video of me reading the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus for children from one of my books. During this holiest of weeks—especially if you are sequestered with children—you may find this video helpful. It can be found by clicking on the link below, which takes you…

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During this dark and terrifying time, our sense of humor and urge to encourage one another are healthy. For your delight and inspiration, this week I’m presenting twelve images I’ve shared on Facebook and one fascinating video that shows what the human race can accomplish when we work together. Finally, at the very end is…

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Moms and dads and grandparents might find the following article I wrote helpful now that we are approaching Holy Week. Feel free to pass it on! How should you speak to your child about Our Lord’s suffering and death? Convey this powerful story cautiously, sensitive to the impact it will have on your child. Impressions…

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The news is carrying stories and photos of depleted shelves in stores. Facebook users are sharing cartoons of people stocking up on food, sanitizers, and toilet paper. The current pandemic is transforming many people into hoarders. They are trying to be proactive—preparing for the future. As a result, people who really need some of these…

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Saturday evening I had the joy of attending a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. The main number was Mendelssohn’s Symphony #2, which is also known as “Hymn of Praise.” It is a series of Scripture passages, mostly from Psalms, set to music and sung by a mighty chorus, two sopranos, and a…

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During a Day of Recollection recently, in a talk “Engaging the Spirit Within” I pointed out that God dwells within us—a fundamental truth of our faith that we don’t often remember. In the depths of our being, the Holy Spirit, the Person responsible for sanctifying us, frequently nudges us to perform good acts. We used…

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I was going to write a post on the psalms but then discovered that I already had written three of them! Here is one resurrected from the past: Did you know that we pray to St. Anthony for lost articles because he once lost his Psalter and the AWOL novice who took it came back…

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Recently I read a book that referred to our body as a physical wonder. This prompted me to reflect on the truth of that statement. The wonder of our bodies was brought home to me most powerfully after weeks of experiencing excruciating pain in my upper arm. To my surprise, the doctor’s diagnosis was a…

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Recently I exclaimed to someone that I was “very, very happy.” Coincidentally a friend of mine is giving a talk on happiness at the college I attended, and I’ve just read a book about happiness. Wikipedia defines it as an emotion or mental state ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is a goal that…

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Superbowl 2020 is over, and the Kansas City Chiefs are the winners. This is one of the most watched competitions. It seems we are hard-wired to engage in competitions. We grow up competing in various ways. In school we participate in spelling bees. We play games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey where one…

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My newest book is published and available. It is about the Third Person in God: the Holy Spirit. The introduction to the book says what I wish to say about the book, so I reproduced it here. If you would like a copy of this book, please purchase it directly from me so that my…

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In January it seems we attend more funerals and send more sympathy cards than usual. Whether death comes as a relief after a long illness or as an unexpected shock, dealing with it is difficult. Our faith tells us that death is only the door to new, eternal life where we will be with God…

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For decades my mother saved all her Christmas cards. Each year she rubber-banded them and put them in brown bags. Some people might call her a hoarder, but these cards were precious to her. My cards this year are hanging from my kitchen counter as seen above. The are part of my Christmas decorations and…

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Mary Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is a Christmas gift for you: Two reflections from my book Heart to Heart with Mary: Love Made Flesh December 24 My child, some things are so awesome that words fail us. Imagine what it was like to hold my newborn son in my arms knowing he…

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In a Christmas letter this year, a friend whose pet cat had died recounted how she noticed a calico cat roaming her property. It was “small, skinny, and timid.” She didn’t take it into her house but let it return to the woods. Regularly the cat came around, and the woman brought it lunch by…

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We are in Advent, preparing to celebrate God’s incredible act of kindness to us human beings. Kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, meaning that God is alive and active in us. On the Internet I saw a list of things considered good etiquette. This inspired me to draw up a list of twenty…

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Len Calabrese, a friend of mine, wrote an article for the series “Why I Am Catholic” in his parish’s Gesu News. Thinking that his reflection is a good refresher for all of us Catholics, I asked Len for permission to share it on my blog. Here’s hoping that it evokes a deeper appreciation of your…

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In the Pastor’s Notes of the bulletin from St. Dominic Church (where I spent many happy years) Father Tom Fanta offers some tips for a pleasant and holy Thanksgiving. I thought they were worth sharing and think you will too: There is always a bit of tension as families prepare to gather for a holiday.…

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