Entries by Amanda Motz

Daily Meditation for February 22, 2018

Lent is here, a season often associated with gloom and doom; yet the word “lent” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for “spring.” Maybe that’s a twist we need to put into our approach to Lent. Spring is a time for growth, when seemingly dead plants and trees start to come alive from within and finally […]

Daily Meditation for February 21, 2018

The child was honest when she said she was giving up candy for Lent. It just so happened that Valentine’s Day came the day after Ash Wednesday. Surely God didn’t want her to forego a candy treat brought to school by mothers for the occasion. The following day, no candy was offered. She got back […]

Migrants Among Us

Many of us have known the feeling of needing to move to a new geographic space as our life changes. This is especially true if where we are now provides almost no potential for our life to unfold in a life-giving way. This “displacement” or migration may be as subtle as “being new in town,” […]

Daily Meditation for February 20, 2018

It is the season of Lent, a time to ask God to help us to grow closer to Him and to make up for our sins. The church suggests three areas of penance during these days: PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMSGIVING. Some suggestions for prayer might be to attend Mass during the week, attend the Stations […]

Daily Meditation for February 19, 2018

One of the most overused words in the English language is “love.” We say ridiculous things like “I just love Grandma’s apple pie” or “I love your new hairdo.” The dictionary, however, in the first and classical meaning, defines love as “strong, tender affection with deep devotion” and to love is to “take pleasure and […]

Daily Meditation for February 16, 2018

“But you can’t re-read a phone call.” This was Letti’s response to her daughter in the movie “The Mailbox.” Letti, an older woman who lived alone in the country some distance from her daughter, made a trip to her mailbox every day in any kind of weather hoping to have a letter from her daughter. […]

Daily Meditation for February 15, 2018

Incivility seems to be rampant these days in our politics, in the news, and even in the workplace. Incivility is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a rude or discourteous act. Incivility in the work place is not just mean emails or yelling co-workers, it can be as simple as not refilling the coffee pot after […]

Daily Meditation for February 14, 2018

Today we have the unusual event of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day landing on the same day. On Ash Wednesday, we begin our participation in the yearly period of thinking over our lives and goals, and repentance for sins and failings. We are sternly reminded that we are dust and will return to dust. But […]

Daily Meditation for February 13, 2018

Poet Mary Oliver says that when she looks out at the world, she doesn’t see endless mirrors reflecting herself. Rather, she sees doors opening out to discovery, pain and beauty, and amazement. For an alert observer like Mary Oliver, almost anything can be a door—a happy dog, a restroom in a Singapore airport, the death […]