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Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Keep the Joy of the Easter Octave Alive!

Easter is not just a day, but a season! We’re in the middle of the Easter Octave… on our way to Mercy Sunday!

Turn up the volume on your favorite hymns and rejoice!

Here’s one that moves me!

Or that oldie accapella one I posted from last Sunday, “Be Ye Glad”…

Oh yes, I love the traditional ones, too…

“O death, where is thy victory?”

“O death, where is thy victory?”


“O death, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 55-57


And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 
but when they went in they did not find the body. 

Luke 24 2-3


From my house to your, a very blessed Easter!

Good Friday… Jesus is the Answer

Good Friday… Jesus is the Answer


Stained glass window found at St Francis of Assisi Church, Springfield, IL

There is not a single aspect of the Christian message
that is not in part an answer to the question of evil.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, par 309)

Jesus is the Answer.


Other resources:

A 2015 post featuring the poem, “Splinters from the Cross”.

An older post from 2014 that features a prayer before the crucifix from St Francis de Sales.

An even older post from 2011 from my Patheos archives: “The Scandal of Evil is No Match for the Cross of Christ”.

You might also like this short video from Diana and David von Glahn,from the “The Faithful Traveler”series…

Via Dolorosa–the Way of the Cross from The Faithful Traveler on Vimeo.

A visit to the Shrine honoring St Katharine Drexel

A visit to the Shrine honoring St Katharine Drexel

My ongoing recovery from surgery has me doing some minimal blogging and writing… I’m a little late for Katherine Drexel’s feast day, but maybe you’d still enjoy the blog post below that hopes to honor her!


Last fall I enjoyed a marvelous visit, alongside my good friend, Lisa Hendey, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and to see Pope Francis. One of the bonuses of driving there was that on the way home to Boston we got to visit with our mutual friend, Barb Szyszkiewicz. Barb is a blogger at Franciscan Mom, and together with Lisa, is an editor and contributor with over 300 articles over at Catholic Mom.com. We journeyed as a threesome to the National Shrine honoring St Katharine Drexel.

Here’s a few photographic highlights: (Click on any photo to make it larger.)

The Shrine attached to the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Bensalem, PA.

The Shrine attached to the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Bensalem, PA.



PA road sign at the Shrine



Outside the chapel with Barb (l) and Lisa (r)


The Visitor's Center and mission offices

The Visitor’s Center and mission offices



Stained glass illustrating the mission and work of St Katharine and the Blessed Sacrament sisters.



More stained glass in a stair well in the visitors center that welcomes pilgrims.



Chapel interior



Chapel altar, note the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance.

St Katharine is buried in the crypt area of the Shrine, and there is also a small museum with artifacts from St Katharine’s life.


It was an honor to pray at St Katharine’s tomb.



Above her tomb is a lovely representation of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament being perpetually adored by angels.



The description… “she fell asleep in Christ, March 3, 1955.. in the 97th year of her life.”



Some of the diorama describing the mission of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament… to imitate Jesus in making a “total gift of self” to Him and to those the sisters serve in their apostolate.



Katharine is a modern saint, so we have the saint’s baptismal record!



A place to leave prayer intentions under the saint’s most recognizable portrait.



Katharine’s ring



Chapel kneeler and pew that Katharine used.



John Paul II’s papal bull declaring Katharine a saint of the church.

“The Eucharist is the continuation of the Incarnation.
In it Jesus communicates Himself to me and to every human heart.”
St Katharine Drexel


Visit the National Shrine website.

You might also like this short video about her life…

You might enjoy this earlier Among Women podcast from 2009 in which I share Katharine’s biography. I intend to talk more about her writings and thoughts in an upcoming podcast later this week.

Atop a white page in the new year… “Lord do with me what You will…”

Atop a white page in the new year… “Lord do with me what You will…”

“I think of this new year as a white page given to me by your Father, on which he will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, “Lord, do with me what You will”, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of Your divine will. Yes Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the hardships prepared for me, which You will reveal to me day by day. Grant that my Amen may be the Pascal Amen, always followed by the Alleluia, uttered wholeheartedly in the joy of a complete gift. Give me Your love and Your grace and I shall be rich enough.”

-Sr Carmela of the Holy Spirit, OCD*

IMG_1087This seems a perfect quote on this Solemnity that honors the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God. Here in the heart of the Christmas season we venerate Jesus’ first disciple, the one who modeled for us what it means to give one’s full “yes” to our Father God, one who lived wholehearted within His Will.

*as found in Divine Intimacy

Third Sunday of Advent Music – “Ready the Way”, by Curtis Stephan

In this video, the artist/composer talks about the meaning behind the song for a few minutes. If you just would like to hear the song, skip to 5:26 in the video. I’m liking this one because of its simplicity… I can just sing it as I go through my day.