Benedictine Spirituality · Teaching

Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!

Confession: I feel a little guilty for taking nine days off during the school year. Truth: But not enough that I wouldn’t seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Rome. It’s unheard of for a teacher to take off two weeks during the school year. First, we only get eleven days off for sick or… Continue reading Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!

Retreats

Retreat Opportunities…coming soon!

Two retreat opportunities coming soon! Both retreats will be held at St. Benedict Center. If you have questions, feel free to email or comment. Feel free to share! Blessings, Jodi October 28-29, 2017:  Personality and Prayer, Through prayer we grow in our relationship with God. As our personality profiles differ, so do the kinds of prayer that… Continue reading Retreat Opportunities…coming soon!

Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

“Are you doing okay?” a friend asked me. “Yes and no, ha,” an honest reply.  “Why yes?” Hmmm, I think.  “Good question…yes, because of faith and hope. Many blessings.” This might not be the typical are-you-okay-what’s-wrong? line of questioning one might expect, but good friends know what’s behind your “yes and no” already.  Sometimes the… Continue reading Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

Power of Images · Spiritual Journey · Teaching

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…despite my disappointment

Each school day during my 3rd-period Marketing class, I stand with my students, hand over heart, pledging allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  This simple moment of national patriotism is a requirement… Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…despite my disappointment

Family · Spiritual Journey

Marriage Moments: 32 years and counting!

Jodi Blazek ❤ Joseph Gehr, August 17, 1985 A marriage is made of moments. When you string them all together, you get a picture of a life built together. A marriage isn’t made, once and for all, when the I-dos are exchanged. A marriage is constantly being recreated; it is always in the process of… Continue reading Marriage Moments: 32 years and counting!

Family

Lover of Life: Ode to Mary

Mary Gehr, my mother-in-law, was a lover of life and laughing, parties and planning them.  She loved going to Las Vegas, playing video poker, Bridge, and Words with Friends. She loved Budweiser, murder mysteries, giving hugs, eating great food, cooking for others, Thanksgiving Day, and being with family. Mary Gehr was a strong woman, an… Continue reading Lover of Life: Ode to Mary

Christian Spirituality Studies

Luke vs. John: An 1800ish word paper

Last week I shared that I had read all four Gospels (God Does So Much And Asks So Little) and that I, despite procrastinating, was preparing to write an 1800-word paper responding to this prompt:  Explain the story of the life of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospel of John, and compare it to either Matthew or… Continue reading Luke vs. John: An 1800ish word paper