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Trials and transformation

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit̶...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Community life … who is responsible?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Sister Eileen Reckelhoff, a member of the Benedictine community of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. During the course of our conversation Sister Eileen mentioned how her family life at home very much mirrored life in the monastic...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doughnut Day

Doughnut Day Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but June 2nd was National Doughnut Day!  We may find it funny to celebrate such a thing, but now really, who doesn’t enjoy a good doughnut!  I came across an interesting story of a tradition that began in Chicago in 1938 to finance the Salvation...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Finding a place to 'belong'

One of my most beloved scripture passages is John 14:2, where Jesus says, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”  When I was a child and I tried to imagine what that dwelling place would...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017

'Open the eyes of my heart, Lord … be ready to be amazed!'

'Open the eyes of my heart, Lord … be ready to be amazed!' “Let the children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14).   Two weeks ago our neighbors extended an invitation to my husband and me to attend a Kentucky Derby party. We were excited to attend, especially since we have...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'Lord, grant us a good sense of humor'

A few weeks ago a friend and former co-worker passed away. As those of us who knew “Toots” Kunkler reminisced about her life, one subject dominated our conversation—her wonderful sense of humor. As we shared stories of how she sometimes made us laugh until our stomachs hurt, I rem...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Doing it your way

Doing it your way Baseball season in the community has begun, and we have two grandsons playing in the T-ball league this year.  We attended “Opening Day” on a recent Saturday; it was a bit chilly, but that didn’t seem to  keep these young athletes from the excitement of the activities. &...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Let personal spiritual journeys inspire you

Summer is often a time when catechists and parish catechetical leaders plan for the upcoming school year. As this planning process unfolds, I would like to encourage those involved in religious education to spend some time reflecting on their own spiritual journeys for inspiration.  Some of my...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Called and Gifted through Baptism

I have a memory from long ago of being next to my mother in the water at the beach on the south shore of Boston. The mothers would stand together knee-deep discussing whatever it is that mothers discuss in the early years of motherhood. I had an inflatable swimming ring on and suddenly found myself...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tell me the Story

One of the fondest memories I have as a mom is curling up with my daughter in the evening before bed and reading to her. I was quickly reminded of this practice/ritual as I attempted to organize our attic and was pleasantly surprised to find an endless array of books that spanned at least the first...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017