Last night, Matt and I were sitting in our warm, dry, three-bedroom home with indoor plumbing discussing how we need a bigger house. Excuse me while I tell myself to shut-up. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness: "On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional … [Read more...] about Mocha, Mercy and Mondays: Shelter the Homeless
"A leisurely stroll is a gift"- this quote, from the movie Saving Mr. Banks, has stuck with me and made me realize it is true. A leisurely stroll is a gift. To wander and simply be; to admire God's creation, and enjoy the present - what a gift! But in the winter, simply wandering leisurely is a rare act. In the bitter cold I rush everywhere in the hopes to get to the next warmer place. … [Read more...] about Winter Winedering: 5 Reasons to Go on a Day Date to a Vineyard
In the beginning of January I wrote a post titled, "When New Year's Resolutions are out of Your League . . .". In that post, I chose a few simple resolutions that I would do my best to work on in the month of January. Here's a short recap: Go to Adoration - I made it there once, and when I arrived Jesus wasn't exposed in the monstrance! I called the rectory and my pastor answered. I … [Read more...] about Taking 2016 One Month at a Time: February Resolutions
One day, when I was moderating lunch as a seventh grade teacher, I received instructions from the principal to "keep the kids down there longer". So, like a good listener, I did so. I wondered why the students were being gifted a longer than usual lunch break, but didn't give it to much thought. Later that afternoon, I found out why we were instructed to keep the students in the lunchroom for an … [Read more...] about Mocha, Mercy, and Mondays – Clothe the Naked
Give Drink to the Thirsty. The second corporal work of mercy makes me think of the word "simple". Simple, because I am lucky enough to not live in a third world country. I only need to walk ten steps to get to clean, running water. I know it's 10 steps, because I just counted. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, women like Edelmira, walk twenty minutes from their houses to a community tank where there … [Read more...] about Mocha, Mercy and Mondays – Giving Drink to the Thirsty
From My Heart to Yours: Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to seriously consider this option. It's not easy, but it demonstrates how much you care about the life of your child. Thank goodness pregnancy is typically nine months and not nine weeks. Taking the time to consider an adoption plan is admirable - even though not everyone will agree. Please talk to your family about adoption. … [Read more...] about From My Heart: The 10 things I want all women considering adoption to hear . . .