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Am I the missing part?

Am I the missing part? As I read Karen Muensterman’s article in this column on June 21, I felt a wave of unexpected emotion radiate throughout my body as tears welled up in my eyes. I was puzzled as to why her words had provoked this response in me. As I pondered the thoughts she shared about changes involving two...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Behold this heart

Behold this heart “Behold this Heart which has loved mankind so much!” These words, engraved upon a simple stone plaque, are set into the wall of a small chapel in east-central France. The humility of the chapel bears witness to the humility of the great saints who have graced it by their presence, and t...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

'Welcome to Resurrection Father Jerry'

When I got married nearly 32 years ago, I joined Resurrection Parish where my husband was already a member. Resurrection had just been assigned a new pastor: Father Ray Brenner. During the next 16 years or so, I became very active at Resurrection; and as my family grew, my respect and affection for...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Does the past matter?

Does the past matter?  The lack of historical memory is a serious shortcoming in our society. A mentality that can only say, ‘Then was then, and now is now,’ is ultimately immature. Knowing and judging past events is the only way to build a meaningful future. Memory is necessary for growth.—Pope F...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Heart of gold

A Heart of gold I have a treasure of gifts and cards I have received over the years from my wonderful children. I have tried to preserve as many as possible, reliving the moments they were given to me. But one gift has sat on my dresser for many years – a beautiful golden heart-shaped box that I keep special...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Live in the Spirit

Live in the Spirit Isn’t it amazing how certain phrases have the power to come back to us over and over? I imagine that for St Peter, one of those phrases was Jesus’ command: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” For some people, these words may sound like an old alarm clock whose f...
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

April: A month of personal discoveries and insights

April has a history of being a time of stunning discoveries and tumultuous insights for me. Just being in that particular month is like walking through a cathedral – full of sacred nooks and crannies.   There was a three-day period in April 1999 that served as my own triduum –...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Amid the drama

Amid the drama In January 1985 we moved into the new home that we had just built. As soon as we began to see signs of Spring, our efforts were concentrated on the outdoors, preparing the yard for grass, flowers and landscaping. Recalling one evening in particular, as we worked the cool damp soil around the house,...
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

In and around the kingdom

In and around the kingdom God’s kingdom is his precious gift to us, and it should be in our hearts and minds. God’s kingdom begins where his presence is, and his presence is in everything he created. What happens though, when we don’t recognize and respond to God’s presence? We then miss out on what...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The dark light of faith

The dark light of faith ...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019