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Advent: Priming the Pump

Advent: Priming the Pump In a recent conversation on families the question was asked, “What do today’s families look like?”  Some of the responses included: busy; distracted; competitive; fractured; unstable; diverse; overwhelmed with information; use radically different communication tools; and rela...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

The God of surprises

The God of surprises As another Advent season approaches I can’t help but think … what will make this one meaningful?  What might I do differently that will lead me to a deeper more profound experience of this spiritual season?  How might I challenge myself to look at this season with “new e...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

We are all in this together

We are all in this together On Nov. 2, feast of the Commemoration of All Souls, two of my sisters stopped by my house to drop off some things for a family gathering I was hosting that weekend.  As we shared our crazy, busy schedules and how we were not quite sure how we were going to accomplish all we felt we needed to d...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Your call to service and to witness

Your call to service and to witness I enjoy being called to do a retreat or a session for young people who are preparing for Confirmation. As I prepared a prayer service for one these sessions recently, on the topic of Discipleship/Service, it occurred to me how important it is to not only introduce young people to this important min...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

To the heights!

To the heights! A little over a week ago, the Synod of Bishops wrapped up their month-long XV Ordinary General Assembly, which bore the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” During the Synod, Bishop Robert Barron gave an intervention that stressed the need for “an intellige...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Called to inspire!

I don’t know about you, but in the last month I have been feeling somewhat  overwhelmed by difficulties we are facing in the Catholic Church and the division we find ourselves faced with within our nation.  All you have to do is hear the daily news cycle and you realize that, on bot...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Is the devil laughing?

Is the devil laughing?   One evening as my husband and I left a friend’s house, he informed us that he had taken care of a problem he had earlier asked us to look into when we had time. The motion sensor light on his detached garage, which lights the way to his front porch, had not been working, making his tre...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Love never gives up

Love never gives up I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mass and reception for a couple who were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary! I found this quite remarkable and rare. God has granted them all these years together; decent health at this point in their lives; the joy of raising seven children; and n...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Weathering life's storms

As I write this article, we have just passed the anniversary of 9/11 – a painful reminder to us all that life can change in the space of a heartbeat, and that what seems steady and permanent one moment can come toppling down the next, leaving us shaken and disoriented.  It seems to be in...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The virtue of hospitality

“If we are awake, if we are attentive, we will perceive the hunger for belonging in the other.” – Fr. Robert Morneau When I was a youngster I can remember being over the moon with excitement when my parents announced that they would be having company from out of town. I think I lo...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018