Category: Christianity

A Word on Wednesday: Bread

Walking into a kitchen with freshly baked bread offers one of the most soothing and comforting smells. It subtly invites gentleness and goodness. The aroma calls, “you are welcome here.” Concretely, “bread” is a noun naming the food made of flour or meal mixed… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Bread”

A Word on Wednesday: Optimism

Optimism is something to celebrate. An optimist will remember the promise of spring on a blustery, winter day, believe in what’s possible rather than dwell on the impossible, and live with more hope than worry. This glass-half-full mindset is shorthand for optimism.      The… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Optimism”

A Word on Wednesday: Bliss

American mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) has this to say about bliss:  “When you follow your bliss  … doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”  The cynic will dismiss bliss, mocking… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Bliss”

A Word on Wednesday: Hope

 The abstract hope cannot be illustrated beyond the four letters it contains. Hope, when used as a verb, is seemingly without action. We cannot see someone hoping. Hope doesn’t sound like much more than “wishful thinking,” which cannot be measured or observed. The expression,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Hope”

Alleluia

On this day in my history, I was hospitalized for a psychotic break. I didn’t know it at the time; I thought I was going to a birthday party rather than the ICU of a psychiatric care center. Today’s five-year, post-breakdown anniversary is a… Continue Reading “Alleluia”

The Catholic Girls Guide

I acquired a leather-bound, pocket-size book with golden page borders from my great-grandmother Helen. It is called “The Catholic Girls Guide” and was edited by Rev. Francis X. Lasance in 1906. This gem has ideas that seem outdated by today’s standards, but I did… Continue Reading “The Catholic Girls Guide”