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November 12, 2016

As human beings, we are conditioned to be selfish. To demonstrate express interest in oneself is part of our survival instinct. Spending our attention focused on ourselves allows us to become aware of our own needs. When we feel sick, hungry, sleepy—we notice these needs and care for ourselves accordingly. And it keeps us alive.

I have known people...

May 2, 2016

It’s almost Mother’s day, and soon time to plant the vegetable garden! I believe gardening is good for the soul. It’s been man’s work since the beginning of time (Gen 2:15), and something about seeing the fruits of our efforts of physical labor is incredibly satisfying.

 

Waiting and watching plants grow is truly an exercise in patience. As one of my...

January 27, 2015

You may have heard by now from popular news sources about the possible introduction of male genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West to reduce the aedes aegypti mosquito population, which can spread diseases. [If you haven’t, google it—it’s all over the news]. 

The minute I saw this, my reaction was quite mixed. While some applaud the...

October 12, 2014

Last week, I discussed various types of milk available for the health-conscious consumer. This week, as promised, we'll explore some of the milk alternatives out there, and there are many options!

As regular milk is a healthy blend of protein, fat, and vitamins and minerals, many of the alternative milk options strive to provide a similar nutrient...

September 27, 2014

Where did that bottle of milk come from? Was it the cheapest one on sale this week at your local grocer, or have you met the cows that produced it and the people who bottle it? And does that matter?

Dairy is one of the recommended components of a healthy diet, according to the food pyramid and the new "Choose My Plate". Why? Well, why do infants d...

August 21, 2014

Another week and I found myself, yet again, overwhelmed. I can’t handle this! I think. There are many things going on, I can’t possibly do all of them.

I’ve always welcomed opportunities in my life. But what happens when God opens too many doors? Or when you simply feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks on your never-ending “to do” list...

June 14, 2014

This blog post is about evangelization, my vocation and the journey of Rambling Spirit.

Today I had the opportunity to join in worship and fellowship with a new Catholic young adult group, “Salve”, in the Diocese of Allentown, PA. Although my primary reason for attending such events is personal spiritual renewal, it’s also a chance to let other yo...

June 12, 2014

Just to start off, this post is NOT directed to, or triggered by, anyone in particular. But, if the title happens to pertain to you, congratulations! I wish both of you a long, loving life together, with years of happiness. This post, however, is for the rest of us out there who have graduated high school, finished college, and jumped into the real...

May 12, 2014

If you’ve read the news lately, a group at Harvard University has caused quite a stirring, especially in Catholic circles, with a proposal to do a historical re-enactment of a “black Mass”.  While many are outraged that the Harvard administration has essentially washed their hands of it, this situation has provided an opportune time to examine the...

April 12, 2014

It was time for a much-needed retreat from life.  Always multi-tasking, why not visit with the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth in Northern Pennsylvania, who happen to live ten minutes from my grandparents?, I thought. No matter it was a “discernment retreat”; I just wanted my quiet time. 


The nervousness began when Sr. Christina request...

March 11, 2014

Recently, Churches in my diocese and surrounding area have begun promoting the new movie “Son of God” directed by Christopher Spencer. Although I hadn’t sought out the movie myself, when some friends expressed interest, I chose to go. What it left me with was a profoundly moving experience.

Son of God is a frame story starting with the apostle Joh...

February 19, 2014

The world is a big place, yet in some sense it is quite small. My visit to Peru was my first trip to South America, and I arrived with an open mind, devoid of expectations.

The airport in Lima was just like any other, a barrage of advertisements on the wall, people bustling about, and drivers asking "Taxi? Taxi?" as I responded with the universal...

December 21, 2013

Christmas is a very special time of year. Yet how easy it is to become caught up in the busyness of the season! Instead of filling our lives with the peace of Christ’s presence, the world draws us into the very opposite emotional state: rushed, stressful, frantically struggling to finish those last few things before the holidays.  


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