Skip to main content


Showing posts from February, 2010

Prayers for Chile

Please offer a few prayers for all the people of Chile and my in-laws in particular. My in-laws had just arrived in Santiago yesterday as part of a tour group. Early this morning Chile was rocked by an 8.8 earthquake. We have heard indirectly that they are doing okay. Their hotel is still standing with no major structural damage. Fortunately, Chile seems better prepared to withstand such an earthquake than Haiti. The force of this earthquake is 1000 times greater than the force of the earthquake in Haiti. There are still many people who are injured and homeless. There will soon be a great need for corporal works of mercy. Right now, the spiritual work of mercy of prayer is the best we can do.

It is all about the salvation of souls

This past Sunday, our priest mentioned that the final entry in the Code of Canon Law, entry number 1752, states that the purpose of all the laws of the Church must ultimately be the salvation of souls. Read here how the decision by the Archdiocese of Washington to transfer its foster care and adoption program to another agency was required to fulfill this purpose.

The Light is on in the Diocese of Arlington and Archdiocese of Washington

I've been doing a bit of traveling recently. I was visiting a parish and the deacon gave a lovely homily on the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He urged those present to often avail themselves of the grace of this sacrament. Yet looking at the schedule in the bulletin, it was clear this sentiment was not part of the parish ethos. Confessions are heard for thirty minutes on Saturday afternoons.

I know that the pastor of this parish probably thinks that is all he needs to do since the lines on Saturday are not very long. No one is being turned away. However, confession is very much like the movie Field of Dreams. Open it up and they will come. My own parish began scheduling daily confessions about four years ago. Confession is offered twice daily on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Instead of the lines getting shorter since there are so many times for the penitent to confess, the lines are getting longer and longer.

The Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington have…

Back in the blogosphere!

Between the snow, and traveling, and teaching, and mothering, and all the other things going on in my Domestic Church, blogging has taken a far back seat. Just thought I would catch folks up.

First of all, I finally updated Pope Benedict's prayer intentions on the right side bar. I am embarrassed it took me so long to get February's up.

Last week I traveled to Texas. I attended the third session in the Converging Roads Catholic bioethics program. As always, it was a joy to be in San Antonio. It was made more joyful by the fact that the weather was 61-degrees with clear blue skies. My family at home was digging out of one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the DC area. After the conference I traveled back to Houston and visited my parents. My daughter and my oldest son and his bride joined us for Mass and breakfast on Sunday. I was supposed to fly out on Sunday, but the snowstorm at home nixed that. The airline rescheduled me for Monday, but my husband said there was nearly two f…