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Building our lives with gold, silver and costly stones

Building our lives with gold, silver and costly stones   Earlier this fall I spent a bit of time at a nursing home, just sitting and watching and waiting. Each day I came to admire the elderly residents more and more. They had such a lovely spirit about them, and an eagerness to just carry on. Our elderly of today are the members of what we call t...
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Falling in love with the Mass

Falling in love with the Mass   The celebration of the Mass began quietly. It was a chilly fall afternoon; and before Mass, parishioners were gathered in the narthex talking about the colder weather and the possibility of a harsh winter this year. A few minutes into the Mass, an elderly parishioner slipped into his seat, r...
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Saying the last good-bye

Saying the last good-bye   My mother's mental illness kept us apart in a way that no mother and daughter should be apart. She had good days, and many bad days. During my childhood, there were many dark and terrifying days. Over the years, our relationship suffered. Actually, it almost perished. When she was hospitaliz...
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Monday, October 28, 2013

A fork in the road

A fork in the road My 94-year-old mother had been living back and forth between the nursing home and the hospital when I got a call at one in the morning from the nurse on her floor. He said that I needed to get there quickly because her vital signs didn't look good. My husband and I sped to the hospital, and I spent...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Remembering that God is with us wherever we go

Remembering that God is with us wherever we go It's October and as the leaves turn colors before our very eyes, we start to think of hardy soup recipes and starting some winter craft projects. In October, we are reminded of the words of our beloved Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, who tells us of the coming "frost on the punkins." I'm a gran...
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Seeing difficult people through the eyes of God

Seeing difficult people through the eyes of God   Sometimes -- let's face it -- there are difficult people in our lives. Sometimes they are aware of how difficult they are making our lives, and, I'm sure, sometimes they are unaware of the injury they are causing. I believe that when difficult people are being, well, difficult, often they ar...
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Community: How do we build it?

Community: How do we build it?   My son, Michael, was married in New York City in early August, and a week later my husband and I hosted a small reception in Evansville. We invited our current and our former neighbors. As they entered the reception hall, they happily spotted one another, and soon they were gathered at a tab...
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Monday, September 02, 2013

A wedding in New York: A time to laugh and a time to dance

A wedding in New York: A time to laugh and a time to dance   My mind is filled with a slide show that just won't stop, and it's brimming with happy memories. My son, Michael, married his sweetheart last weekend in New York City, and it was a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple for my Hoosier family. We were tourists for a few days, savoring some time toge...
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Centering Prayer: Honoring the Holy Trinity

Centering Prayer: Honoring the Holy Trinity   If you believe in the Holy Trinity, you can do Centering Prayer. All it takes is a little practice. Last week, Message editor Tim Lilley wrote about Eucharistic adoration, a prayer form that reveres Christ's presence in the Sacred Host. As I understand it, Centering Prayer honors the Holy Tr...
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Finally understanding what the Benedictine Sisters were saying

Finally understanding what the Benedictine Sisters were saying Way back in the fall of 1964, I was a scrawny, scared 13-year-old who was dropped off by my parents at Our Lady of Grace Academy to begin my high school years there. The academy was open to day students and to boarders. I was a boarder. The academy was run by the formidable Sister Irmingard Fritz,...
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Monday, July 22, 2013