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Exercise class shines a light on seniors

Exercise class shines a light on seniors In mid-March, I attended my first exercise class for senior citizens. At first it was a struggle to keep up with the pace of the class and distinguish between my left and my right. Some days I was so clumsy that I was painfully reminded that I didn’t take dance lessons as a kid. But I stuck w...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tears of sorrow, tears of joy

Tears of sorrow, tears of joy I’ve been in a Bible study with three faith-filled women for about 20 years. During that time, we have studied the Word of God together, and we have shared many important events including the births and the deaths and the marriages of our loved ones. We have laughed the best laughs together a...
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Life lessons

Life lessons When I was a young girl living at Our Lady of Grace Academy, my evenings ended with a light tap on my bedroom door. Every night, as faithful and as welcome as a gentle rain, I found Sister Harriet Woehler standing there waiting to tell me good-night and to make the Sign of the Cross on my forehead....
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

We are the temples of the Holy Spirit

We are the temples of the Holy Spirit I was pretty sick most of this past winter, and I’m happy to report that I am feeling a whole lot better. There were days when I couldn’t find my energy. I’d like to say that I spent a lot of time praying and reading Russian novels, but that didn’t happen. My friend, Donna,...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Thin Place

The Thin Place This story has a happy ending; I promise.A few weeks ago, I got a call from my ob-gyn’s office. The caller seemed to take about 12 minutes — not really — to tell me that the results from my recent mammogram seemed a little murky. My words, not hers.They wanted me to come back for...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Retirement seems to be working

Retirement seems to be working The words in I Corinthians 13 remind us that when we are children, we speak like children, we understand like children, and we think like children. During this last month, I’ve become a retiree. That means that I am learning to speak, understand and think like someone in a new and untested st...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories Back in December of 1984 I was a 34-year-old wife and the mother of two young children when I spotted a notice in my parish bulletin. It said that there was a part-time job opening for a writer at The Message. As I sat in my church pew, I said to myself, “I can do that!” The next day I...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In His Hands

In His Hands We battled a blizzard, a snowstorm and then pea-sized hail as we drove south through the state of Arizona last month to see our daughter.   It was one of those trips that started out well, with our spirits high.   It was going to be the first time in a while that my daughter’s famil...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Guide in the storm

The Guide in the storm SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/timlilley/Desktop/UPDATE_11_27_site/STORY p04 Grace Notes 11-27-15.doc I was in a cocoon of sleep yet starting to rouse for the day when my Golden Retriever, Molly, started pacing in our motel room. My husband, Steve, and I were spending the night in Gallup, N.M., o...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Want nothing

Want nothing Have you ever thought about the difference that a three-letter word can make in a sentence … or in your life? Think about these phrases: Want for nothing – OR want nothing. As parents and grandparents we work very hard to make sure that our children and our grandchildren want for nothin...
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Monday, November 09, 2015