Our Holy Father Francis

Yesterday morning I arrived back at San Francisco, appropriately enough on his feast day.  And what a day it was!  I was invited to the Palo Alto Serra club meeting as a guest and representative of the current Laboure Society class – Cy Laurent was the guest speaker and what a privilege to share the […]

St. Alphonsus of Liguori…Patron of Vocations

Today is the feast day of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  A prodigy child, St. Alphonsus obtained degrees in canon and civil law and began a highly successful lawy career in Naples.  But the more St. Alphonsus became successful in the world, the more disillusioned he became with it.  Eventually, he refused an arranged marriage and, after a lengthy discernment period, and […]

QOTD: Contemplation is for all, but the contemplative life is only for a few…

The contemplative life is lived simply and solely for God.  It is not embraced by way of preparation for active works, but for its own sake, and the reason is not hard to find.  The worship of God is sufficient to occupy all the energies of His creatures.  What,after all, is the end for which […]

The True Value of Time

There is a popular saying in our culture, and particularly in the corporate world: Time is money.  I understand somewhat the root of this notion – in our post-industrial world, lost time is lost productivity, which translates to lost profits.  But it is also easy to lose proper perspective in life if it is only […]

Home Again…

My time with the nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery, and my visit with family and friends, has come to an end and I am back in Alaska.  While catching up on work at the office, and settling back into a routine, I’ve been left with much to think and pray about.  During the past two […]

A Weekend with Laboure Society

Last Friday, I boarded a plane and flew all night to St. Paul, Minnesota.  What followed were two grace-filled, jam-packed days of information and fellowship.  The weekend was hosted by The Laboure Society, a non-profit organization founded by Cy Laurent.  In 2003, he recognized the need to assist those who have discerned a call to […]

Called to Motherhood

When I began seriously discerning whether I am called to religious life, I had many doubts and questions.  But one that quickly rose above the others circled around a desire to be a mother.   After I graduated from college, my friends and siblings began to marry; I figured my time would come, but I was […]

Beautiful News

There will be a newly professed Dominican nun at Corpus Christi Monastery on Sunday!  Sr. Mary Isabel of the Angels will profess her first temporary vows on Sunday, May 13th.  Here is a link to the Monastery’s blog announcement: http://opheartprints.blogspot.com/2012/05/first-profession.html.  Congratulations to Sr. Mary Isabel!  On a personal note, I am excitedly looking forward to […]

Study Released Regarding Educational Debt and Vocations

For those interested in educational debt and religious life, CARA has released a study regarding educational debt as a roadblock for many considering religious life. The issue of educational debt poses a major concern for the church and the future of vocations, said Holy Cross Brother Paul Bednarczyk, the conference’s executive director. “One thing we […]

Reflection: “I Thirst”

At the beginning of Lent, I was invited to share a meditation on one of Christ’s seven last words at today’s Good Friday services at my parish, Holy Family Cathedral – Jesus’ Fifth Word: I Thirst.  What follows is that mediation. *** After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture […]