Word In Progress

  • The God of second chances

    Mar 10, 2024

    Insanity, says Albert Einstein, is repeating the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. That is why this Lent is going to be just another failed diet for many.

  • The God of all seasons

    Feb 10, 2024

    A Catholic friend who had had a tumultuous 2023, messaged me in the early days of the new year, saying though she had hoped that 2024 would bode better, she had found herself swamped by more bad news already.

  • The lesson of flowers

    Jan 12, 2024

    The flowers I gifted myself brought pleasure back into a life overly dedicated to service. They also taught me that though I desired answers from God in a big, burning bush revelation, God rarely answers with grandiose gestures.

  • The gift of self

    Dec 08, 2023

    I have supported a safe house for girls and women-at-risk for nearly 30 years now.

  • Some gave all

    Nov 10, 2023

    Many people do not understand that priests make more death bed visits than most doctors, and spend more hours counselling than the average psychologist. Those professionals are protected by labour laws and perhaps unions or associations. Our priests have only God.

  • Context is everything

    Oct 13, 2023

    The Church is universal, and so is stupidity. Being a member of one automatically co-opts me into the other.

  • The God of little things

    Sep 08, 2023

    God loves us now. He does not withhold His love and approval until we achieve something. Created in His likeness and being, we are already worthy and loveable in His eyes.

  • Who will bury you?

    Aug 11, 2023

    As a Catholic, I will have recourse to a faith community I can call on for help, a parish with a funeral parlour where my parents can rest, and a priest to commend them as they leave the mortal world.

  • The gift of acceptance

    Jul 07, 2023

    The Bible is full of assurances of God’s acceptance of us, flawed and broken as we are. This heavenly acceptance should flow into our daily lives and allow us to accept our own limitations and situations.

  • The lessons of imperfection

    Jun 09, 2023

    Having received entry into the Catholic Church as an adult, I was adamant that any child I had would be born Catholic and raised Catholic, by a parent who was not only a Sunday Catholic, but one who spoke of the faith, tried to live it in all ways possible, and who testified to it when appropriate.