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Encountering Christ in our communities

“As I have done for you, you should also do” ( John 13:15). The scripture passage above finds its way to us during Lent as we hear Jesus’ commands to the 12 apostles during the Last Supper. Discipleship demands participation – ongoing communication with our God through the W...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The only house that matters

The only house that matters One hot, muggy summer evening not long ago, I bounded out the front door to retrieve our daily newspaper. As the full-glass storm door closed behind me I heard an odd flopping noise. I turned to see what was wrong with the door and, to my horror, saw a 3-foot snake dangling from the top of the door...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A tent, rain and s'mores

A tent, rain and s'mores I am a “girly girl.” I like nail polish, smelling nice, clean clothes and the comfort of being inside.  So I find it quite amusing that God asked me to do ministry in a summer camp for a few years and then brought an amazing, big-time camper into my life, who I eventually married.&...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

In pursuit of wisdom

I have spent a lot of my life in reflection. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is from Socrates: “… an unexamined life is not worth living.” Reflection is something that was developed in me early as a child, and I think I came by it honestly. Literally, one of my mom’s cons...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Are you looking forward to the inspection?

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls, looking like hard work.” –Thomas Edison   This quote from Thomas Edison caught my attention because, it seems to me, it is not often that hard work is thought of as an...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

All choices have consequences

All choices have consequences My husband and I spent our Memorial Day weekend visiting my sister in Missouri. She and her husband had toured the Missouri State Penitentiary, now closed, at an earlier time and thought we might find it interesting. So on a hot day, we headed to Jefferson City for the tour. I have not been in a pr...
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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Reclaiming Paradise

Early one morning a few weeks ago, I took my coffee out to our patio and watched the first beams of sunlight filter through the trees and ripple across the grass in the yard. The air was crystal clear and carried that clean, innocent smell that is exclusive to newborn babies and spring mornings. Th...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

God teaches us how to live out our salvation

God teaches us how to live out our salvation There are fundamental questions all human beings ask. Who am I? What is this life all about? Why am I here in this particular place at this particular time? As Catholic Christians, we believe the answers, however incomplete, are given to us through our faith in God and in the revelation of Jesus Ch...
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Virtues

As we grow older and have left our childhood homes, I think most of us find that we take more of those childhood experiences with us than we ever would have imagined. Currently, there is a commercial on TV from Progressive Insurance that depicts a husband taking on the qualities, characteristics, i...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

We belong to you

We belong to you A couple of weeks ago, a song that I had not heard in quite some time was sung at Mass. It is entitled “We Belong to You,” by Victoria and Trevor Thomson, and has been “stuck in my head” since that time. This has happened to me many times with various songs in the past. This...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018