Gutsy & Inspiring

Priest in a Tijuana Cab – The Unspeakable

The unspeakable from the back seat of a Tijuana cab. Its too late to walk home. I grab a cab. From the back seat I see 3 holy cards tucked into the frame of the ceiling light. It’s dark so I can’t be sure but one looks like Don Bosco and one like Mary Help...

The Last Photo

  Two weeks ago, I went into our closet to pull out the pieces of my husband’s police uniform in order to make sure that everything was ironed and ready and that all of the components were there so that he could work his paid duty that evening. If you aren’t...

The Leader of the Pack – When that person breaks

Leaders often seem to be able to take on the whole world: marriage, family, work, church, sports teams, carpool, PTA, gym class instructor, homeless shelter volunteer and doula. There are often times when these people break; they’ve had enough and just break....

Device Dilema During Lent

  I decided to give up Facebook for Lent.  It was a good decision, because I knew I had begun to fall into pattern of sin that, while predictable, had snuck into my less-than-conscienous thought.  I found myself comparing myself to others on a daily basis....

POPE FRANCIS’ 2016 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

When Pope Francis met with Vatican employees and their families, he gave them some practical suggestions that sounded exactly like New Years Resolutions. If you are having trouble setting your resolutions, get your inspiration from Pope Francis himself: “Take care of...

You Are BEAUTIFUL

My morning routine consists of trying on 15 outfits with none quite doing it for me- Too tight, too frumpy, too short, too long, too black, too colourful… Ladies you know how the story goes, I’m surely not the only one!! Gosh such self-loathing craziness!...

Lessons from a Fire

One year ago, shortly after 7am, on a morning I had planned to sleep in, I was awoken by a fire.  Yelling startled me awake and when I looked out my bedroom window where I used to live in Brampton, Ontario, I saw that my breathtakingly beautiful place of worship, an...

I Saw Auschwitz Today…

I saw a dandelion growing today at Auschwitz. And I thought about the disdain we have for a dandelion. We cut them down. We poison them. We laugh at children who think they are special and worthy for display and a drink of water. I saw a dandelion growing today at...

Meet them Where they Are

Meeting people where they are is probably the most misunderstood phrase in Catholic circles currently.  I have seen it used to defend circumstances that could put salvation at risk: ‘gay’ marriage, living together, avoiding confession, or receiving the...

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