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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

'Follow the Yellow Brick Road'

'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' My husband and I recently attended a performance of the Wizard of Oz at Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville. I have seen this in movie form many, many times over the years. It entertained, fascinated and scared me a little each time I watched it.    But I found myself watching a...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018

The mystery of Church, the people of God

The mystery of Church, the people of God What do we mean by Church?  How are scripture and tradition interrelated in our understanding of Church?  What does it mean to be Church?  Is going to church for the weekend liturgy what Church is all about?  What are we as adult Catholic Christians to understand and believe? Th...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018