The Lessons of Lent

Each year I map out a plan of readings, reflections and sacrificial actions to draw closer to God in my spiritual journey. Each year God shows me additional ways to be faithful and trust in His love and mercy. It has been a tough Lent so far, but questions have been answered, not in the way I expected, but He has shown me the path to follow.


Some sadness has come our way as we lost our beloved kitty Mr. Bingley. We were blessed to be able to care for him around the clock during his last week of life in gratitude for his sweet companionship of 17 years.


He left us on the 13th anniversary of my mother’s death – March 2.


Irritation and annoyance continue as the battle for presidential nominations goes on.  I cannot see an answer from either political party – our only hope is Divine Intervention.


I will continue my readings, prayers and reflections as Holy Week draws near and will await Easter with a thankful and cheerful heart. I will end with a bit of St Patrick humor.





Slide1For many years now I have not made any New Year’s resolutions. For my sanity and peace of soul this year I must make an exception. There is so much anger and division all around. It is my intention not to let all the negativity, hostility and tension get the better of me. I will keep my eyes fixed on the love of God and the eternal and keep in mind that “This too shall pass.” I pray I will survive this election year unscathed even though it does have an extra day.





So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye 2015


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” — Charles Dickens

This was written so long ago and yet it can be applied to 2015. As a matter of fact it can be applied to any time or year in history. No matter how happy we are or how many good things happened to us in any given year, there were people in other parts of the world or right next door going through hard times. No matter how much turmoil and sorrow we may experience in a specific year, there are those who have had a most wonderful year.

So let’s celebrate 2015 for all the joy and happiness that came our way and pray that all sorrow and suffering we may have had is short lived and will bring us wisdom and appreciation for the happy times.

In 2015 we said good bye to Tony Hernandez, the first born cousin of my generation on my father’s side.


This year we were blessed with the latest Hernandez-Iturralde grandchild, a beautiful baby girl named Lucy.


Thank you God for 2015 and we pray for your blessings in the New Year.



Forty-five years ago today I walked down the aisle, with hopes and dreams of a happy marriage, children and growing old together. Perhaps we were too young and did not fully understand what such a union entails. We did have two wonderful daughters, but eventually the marriage fell apart.


I was not prepared for Bob’s untimely death in 2003. I could not have imagined how deeply it would hurt. On this day I pray his hopes and dreams are now a reality and that one day we will see each other again. I will never forget that lovely snowy Milwaukee day – December 26, 1970.





My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.