Category: Scripture

  • Book Review: New Mom’s Prayer Bible

    New Mom’s Prayer Bible: Encouragement for Your First Year Together Zondervan Press If you have a Protestant friend or family member who is expecting or recently given birth, The “New Mom’s Prayer Bible” would make a lovely gift. It can be so hard to focus on one’s spiritual life during those sleep-deprived emotionally exhausting days […]

  • Depending on God

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick –no food, no sack, no money in […]

  • Lot’s Wife and Me

    Lot’s wife is one of those Biblical characters we usually don’t think about very much. If we do, it is usually with a very negative impression. She is given no name of her own and is mentioned only three times in all of Scripture. The first time is in the book of Genesis. Angels came […]

  • Three Lessons from the Baptism of Jesus

    The Baptism of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew is a relatively short scripture passage – a mere five versus (Matthew 3: 13- 17), yet it offers some powerful lessons for us today. Lesson 1: Always do the will of the Father, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. At first glance, the Baptism […]

  • Book Review: The Catholic Study Bible

    The Catholic Study Bible Second Edition New York: Oxford University Press, 2006 Perhaps you have “reading the Bible more” as one of your New Year’s Resolutions, or perhaps you are simply in the market (as I was) for a new volume of a much-loved worn-out Bible. “The Catholic Study Bible” is a perfect choice. It […]

  • Qualities to Work on in the New Year

    With the new year right around the corner, many of us make lists of physical things we’d like to change. Losing weight and exercising more seem to top many lists. Quitting smoking or drinking less may top others. Simplifying, organizing, and reducing clutter is another popular item. These are all good things and worth striving […]

  • Book Review: “Holding on to Hope”

    Holding on to Hope: The Journey Beyond Darkness by Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP with Healing Exercises by Helene Cote, PM Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 2010 As someone who has suffered from depression for many years, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of “Holding on to Hope: The Journey Beyond Darkness” […]

  • Learning to Trust Like St. Joseph

    Being a woman, I tend to focus on Mary rather than Joseph when I look at the Holy Family. However, in the season of Advent, Joseph has much to teach us about what it means to wait, trust, and be faithful to God. Joseph was in a difficult situation. The woman he loved and was […]

  • Moving Mulberry Trees

    The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Luke 17:5-6 Have you moved any mulberry trees lately? If you have, I’d be […]

  • Discipline as Love

    This week’s second reading from the Book of Hebrews can be a hard one to swallow. “Brothers and sisters, You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children: ‘My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges […]