Sanctifying Time

I shuffle into our prayer room in the early hours, 5ish most days, to join Doug, my deacon husband, in praying The Office of Readings and Lauds. He’s lucid even before his black coffee and quietly prepares me a cup with plenty of cream. We both accept that I will not be clear-headed for awhile….

Desert Blooms and Sneezes

The desert is blooming right now. One neighbor has a cactus with blooms I’ve never seen before. Doug has coaxed blooms from at least nine different kinds of roses in our backyard. But, plentiful oleander and palo verde blossoms in our neighborhood make my nose run and my eyes itch. I sneeze and sneeze and…

Laws and Love

Every day I work in the hope that families may come to experience  God’s commands not as harsh rules that limit their freedom and make them feel more guilty, but as a Father’s tender care for his beloved children. If only they could understand that all the commandments are gifts given for their flourishing and…

Swimming in Grace

It’s the phrase I resort to when trying to describe what life has been like since becoming Catholic more than 20 years ago. It’s still new and fresh, and I am kept afloat by an effort not my own. That’s why I say I’m swimming in grace.  The evening we were received into the Church,…

Alleluia Weather

It felt good to run along the canal again yesterday after more than two weeks of recovery from sickness and injury. April in Phoenix brings Alleluia weather. I step outside and am comfortable in the shade, but if a slight breeze cools me too much, I step into the sun; then if the sun warms…

Rejoice . . . always.

I’ve learned so much from our daughter about choosing JOY!Today, which happens to be our daughter’s birthday, has been exceptionally good. I woke up just before the alarm sounded, my husband and I had an unrushed prayer time together, my boss came into my office to tell me my administrative assistant and I are both…

Patrons of the Arts

Yes, we are patrons of the arts. We unapologetically support our daughter’s artistic vocation. It takes time and  experience to establish a career as a professional artist, and we believe Xhiv has what it takes. I won’t lie. I love having her artwork on my walls and her peaceful presence in our home. The featured…