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Mary Regina Morrell
Ortley Beach, NJ
Just an ordinary person sharing the beautiful, difficult, mystifying journey of life with others on the same journey.
Interests: God, music, singing, philosophy, Hebrew, mysticism, ancient civilizations, animals, writing
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With Ash Wednesday approaching, the words of Pope Francis’ 2016 Ash Wednesday message are worth reflection: With great wealth and power, there often comes a “blindness … accompanied by the proud illusion of our own omnipotence, which reflects in a sinister way the diabolical ‘you will be like God’ (Gen.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
Can't believe I just discovered these 11 tips by George Orwell yesterday for the first time! It seems they were posted in the Evening Standard, Jan. 12, 1946. If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
Some years ago a friend asked why I didn't write pieces that were more theological, or offer in-services on St. Augustine instead of videos like "The Rabbi's Gift." I'm not quite sure he was satisfied with my explanation. Then I happened upon a wonderful book that I wish I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
After yet another of DT’s ignorant, racist comments, in which he questions why the U.S. has to accept people from “shithole” countries like Haiti and the continent of Africa, I saw a response from a supporter that encapsulates the dangerous racism, nationalism and arrogance that mars this country: “Like always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
The past few weeks have included a number of frustrating experiences in businesses where I am a frequent customer – the pharmacy, the supermarket, the bank, and in other local stores which I visit rarely, but have now crossed off my list entirely, including two local fast food establishments. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Wellspring Communications
Here we are at the start of Advent, and many of us are already saturated with Christmas. We’ve all talked about it, or griped about it – stores filled with Christmas before Jack-o-Lanterns were carved , round-the-clock Christmas movies on multiple TV stations before Thanksgiving turkeys were even delivered to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
So…today is National Cookie Day! Who knew? I didn’t until I saw it on Twitter. Not sure where all these national days come from, so I thought I'd look it up. This interesting tidbit of information came from Muppet Wiki (didn't know about that either!): National Cookie Day is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
We had barely digested our Thanksgiving meal and I found myself out amongst the craziness looking for bargains. The parking lots were packed with everyone going every which way and the stores were over-crowded. We were filling our cart with things that we thought were great Christmas present deals and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
It's fall. I absolutely love the beauty of this season. It’s quiet and peaceful. I find it a good time for me to reflect on days gone by and those yet to come, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays begins. I like to be a little selfish during... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
Writers always have their favorite hangouts, places where they can observe life as it goes along its unexpected way. At one time, for me, it was the coffee shop in the local hospital, where I was spending many hours waiting for loved ones to get tested, have surgery, or recover... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
I'm just trying to make sense of it all. I can't seem to wrap my head around what happened. My heart aches and my eyes are swollen from hours of tears flowing from them. My emotions are raw, like an open wound, but there seems to be no bandage to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, thoughts of gratitude and giving are close at heart. For those of modest means, the holidays are also a time to be mindful of money, to keep within a budget. But let’s face it, the pressure to spend is sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
As we wait for the letter to come in the mail my anxiety grows stronger. When I lay my head on the pillow at night I find my mind racing with crazy thoughts, making it difficult to fall asleep. I can feel how restless I am as I toss and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
The “C” word. It’s that word! The one that no one ever wants to associate with, until you have no choice. Well that unspoken word crept up on me out of nowhere like a shadow in the dark. It was just a regular, boring Thursday until I got the call... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
Mary, dearest Mother, Look on me today, Keep my soul for Jesus, Keep sin far away. Teach me how to love Him, As the Saints and Angels do, Teach me how to pray to Him, Simply, - just like you. Let me receive Him always With faith and joy and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
As Sept. 29, the Feast of the Archangels, and Oct. 2, the Feast of our Guardian Angels, quickly approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the many, and unexpected, signs I have received over the last seven years from “my” angels. As Christians, we learn that we all have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the world: we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day. Help us to love You and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You. As I light this candle, let it always remind me that You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
It’s funny how often we come across insights that resonate profoundly with our circumstances at different times in our lives. Today, I found one in my in-box, in the form of a newsletter, “Living in Season,” by Waverly Fitzgerald: “I feel that urge that so many of us feel in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
1. Mary’s sorrow, when she receives the prophecy of Simeon, whereby a sword will pierce her heart. 2. Mary’ sorrow, when she must flee with her baby Jesus and husband Joseph – the flight into Egypt. 3. Mary’s sorrow, when, with Joseph, she seeks her young son Jesus, lost in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
Mother of silence, who watches over the mystery of God, Save us from the idolatry of the present time, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the eye-wash of memory: Take us back to the freshness of the origins, for a prayerful, penitent church.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
"Mary, woman of listening, open our ears; grant us to know how to listen to the word of your Son Jesus among the thousands of words of this world; grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person we encounter, especially those who are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
There is something special about fall. I am reminded of it whenever the first leaves begin to fall, when the first hint of crispness fills the air, and when I read the magnificent words of poet priest Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
Mary, even as a child you were aware of God and open to God’s presence. Help us to open ourselves to the presence of God within us, and allow God to transform us into the love that can transform the world. Deliver us, Lord, from the way of sin and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
Mary, Queen of Peace and patroness of our beloved country, we pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hatred and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We seek guidance for our leaders, peace in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at My Mother's Bread