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…but only one second without hope

…but only one second without hope In the book “A Child’s Garden: A story of Hope,” by Michael Foreman, the story is told of a little boy who lives in a world torn apart by war. One day, after a rain, he sees a little plant pushing its way through the soil. The young boy carefully tends the plant, and in time he re...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Follow your star

Follow your star My husband and I recently went to see a movie with our grandsons and their parents that was entitled “The Star.”  It was a form of the Nativity story, loosely adapted and told through the eyes of the animals, but still gave the real meaning of Christmas.  What stood out to me...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Looking back with a different perspective

The oldest known photograph of a human being is of a man getting his boots cleaned on a street in Paris, France, in 1838.  In the eerie, black and white photo, the two silhouette-like figures look lonely on the deserted street.  It turns out that the photograph is deceptive, however. ...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The mystery of God, Creator of all things

“Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord: and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).   Our memories of gatherings with friends and family at Thanksgiving and other significant times can p...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I am a child of God

When I first served as a director of religious education, many years ago ,I was very fortunate to be able attend conferences, workshops and retreats. I heard many wonderful presenters who shared good information, great wisdom and valuable insights about the faith and ministry. However, there was on...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Let us raise the roof

While on vacation and attending the Saturday evening vigil Mass a couple of weeks ago, I was humbled and moved by the participation of the faithful in attendance. The responses were not only clearly audible, but I sensed a tone of sincerity as well. The participation of the assembly in singing was...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Families are our strength

Families are our strength I recently attended the funeral of a man who, with his wife, raised a family of 15 children.  I find that totally amazing, but this family made it work.  During the homily, we learned that the family wasn’t able to do some things, but managed to have fun.  Camping trips looked...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Andy...The fish from the Silver Stream

I recently led an RCIA session on the topic of the Bible.  Since the Bible contains sacred stories that point to God’s loving presence in the world, I shared one of my own sacred stories with the group.             In the fall of 199...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Great Gift and Great Gain

“At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.” –Psalm 30:6   Do you believe that God speaks through the Scriptures and that, in the hearing, we experience God’s self- communication personally? I suspect that many of you are responding to that que...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

No more excuses

On a recent Monday, as I moved a cart of material into the work station I was setting up, I brushed against a package of foam. As I did so, I noticed small holes in the huge plastic bag that contained four rolls of foam standing about six feet high. The holes were a reminder of a day some time ago...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017