Real Among the Fakes

When a rediscovered portrait of Christ was recently sold for more than $450 million dollars, the art world gasped, since it was more than half again as much as any of the masters’ works of art were ever known to have drawn. The portrait, Salvator Mundi (Savior of the world),had been making the rounds of European […]

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Gardening has always been one of my passions in life.  For 39 years I planned, planted, fertilized, and pruned my flower beds, checking almost daily to see what new growth had emerged or what needed to be deadheaded, eagerly anticipating the next season’s splash of color.  Moving to a condominium complex where I am no […]

A Memorable Gift

 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. And through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” II Corinthians 2:14 If you haven’t yet found that perfect gift for your beloved or other dear ones, here’s a thought: a fragrance. I understand this is not a new […]

The Best is Yet to Come

 “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18 Sometimes weddings seem to take on a life of their own by giving us a little taste of heaven: the pageantry of the groom with his attendants eagerly awaiting his beloved; all in attendance rising in anticipation as the […]

Drinking from the Well

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere …” (Psalm 84:10a) Our silent retreat, “Come to the Well,” proved to be a divine appointment for each one of us who cleared her calendar to spend the day at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center, in Eureka, Missouri. We quenched our thirsty […]

As the World Turns

“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.”  Psalm 81:13 In her later years, my mother’s world came to a halt each day when the soap opera “As the World Turns” came on. For twenty […]

Obedience – the Pathway to Joy

When I began my walk with Christ we would meet in the early morning over coffee. With pen and paper in hand and His Word opened in prayer, we would begin our conversations. Our quiet time in prayer was my favorite time of the day. Over the years our conversations and prayers have filled numerous […]