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Thanksgiving for unanswered prayers

Thanksgiving for unanswered prayers Back in 2008, when I was studying to be a spiritual director at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, we had a special guest one weekend. Her name was Sister Olga Wittekind. She was a Franciscan sister who was also a clinical psychologist. She had studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich. He...
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Can you imagine . . .

Can you imagine . . .   Can you imagine life without Scarlett O’Hara? Or Rhett Butler?   Remember the scene in “Gone With the Wind” when Scarlett’s green eyes spotted the expensive, plush curtains hanging in the windows of her family’s plantation? Then, before you could whistle &#...
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Monday, August 04, 2014

We are all the descendants of migrants

We are all the descendants of migrants   In a few days, I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of coming to live here in southern Indiana. Forty years ago, I was 23 years old and hoping for a better life. My boyfriend at the time, soon to be my husband, drove me down country roads from Bloomington, Ind., in his old crate of a car &#...
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Meeting people where they are

Meeting people where they are   For years, the pope has held audiences on Wednesday mornings in St. Peter’s Square, which is in the heart of Vatican City. Back on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was passing through the square for the start of his weekly audience when he was shot by a 23-year-old assailant. He taught...
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Living in a technicolor world

Living in a technicolor world   There are two phrases that I have been told never to use. If only . . . And what if . . . The first phrase, “if only,” calls to mind impossibilities. We can’t change the past, even if we wish really hard. The second phrase, “what if,” opens the door to fear of t...
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Can we all get along?

Can we all get along? We are told that the apostles went from fearful to fiery in just a moment as they received the Holy Spirit on the Jewish feast of Pentecost. We know that some of them witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and death, while others only heard the gruesome details. We can relate to the fear that they must...
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Monday, June 02, 2014

Living the Beatitudes

Living the Beatitudes   The first time I saw them they were laughing. He was young and rangy, she was a wisp of a girl, and he was walking her to school. The world seemed to swirl around them, and they weren’t aware of the morning traffic. The second time I spotted them I smiled as I watched them walk togethe...
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Not two peas in a pod

Not two peas in a pod   My husband, Steve, and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary on May 17. It’s always a happy time for us because we figured the smart money was against us. We got married at St. Paul’s Catholic Center in Bloomington, and like every other dewy-eyed couple, we thought we agr...
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Who are your heroes? Here are a few of mine

Who are your heroes? Here are a few of mine   I have a Pinterest account on the Internet. Like many other women, I’ve filled it with photos of pretty gardens, titles of my favorite books and interesting places that I’ve seen. A while ago, I decided to create a new section, a place for people I admire. I tagged it “My H...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bishop Gettelfinger: For the people

Bishop Gettelfinger: For the people   Msgr. Gerald A. Gettelfinger entered the Diocese of Evansville like a wonderful gale force wind — full of energy and ideas. Back in March of 1989, he was serving as the vicar general in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis when his name was announced as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of E...
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Monday, April 07, 2014