Archive for Corporal Works of Mercy

It’s been busy

doctorI haven’t written much here this year. We have had a very busy year. One of our children has had some mental health issues this year and getting medications adjusted has been a challenge. In December, I was hospitalized between Christmas and New Year’s Day with a MRSA cellulitis. It was weeks before I felt half way normal again. In February I threw a bridal shower for my older daughter. In April, my older daughter married her long time steady boyfriend, and the day after the wedding my mother was hospitalized and in an induced coma on a ventilator for 10 days. In between all this, we have helped care for my next door neighbor who has been recovering from a medical emergency for the last 2 years. It appears that there may be an end in sight for her health issues.  I am grateful for faith, because without it I might despair in all of the tumult.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for all the learning experiences this year. Please help me to continue to grow beyond my comfort zone and to be the woman You would have me be.


On human dignity

“No punishment can suppress the inalienable dignity of those who have committed evil. The door to repentance and rehabilitation must always remain open.”

    Pope John Paul II

WOW.  How often I fall short of keeping the door open.



Please help me to let go of anything that keeps me from being who You would have me be.



A reflection on events of 2011

It is December 25, 2011, the Solemnity of the Birth of our Lord. We are truly blessed to have a warm home, clothes and food and the love of family. Many have so much less.
I feel blessed to have been able to help out a neighbor during a time of need this past year. She was very ill and depressed. There were days when helping her felt like a burden, but the right thing to do. I pray I did what the Lord willed. I am very glad that she is much better and that she no longer needs me on a daily basis. She has even moved on to helping out someone else in need.
She has thanked me many times for doing what I could for her. I told her that we are supposed to care for one another. She says that most people don’t or won’t do so.
I have felt all year that this was really too easy a corporal work of mercy. I didn’t have to go far, and it was only a small amount of my time.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you by helping others. Please continue to heal those who are hurting and ill. Use me in this capacity if it be Your will.