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Cemeteries: ‘Thin spaces’ that evoke communion of the saints

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One summer, my husband and I did something we didn’t do when we lived in Alaska: we took road trips throughout 48 states. And in some of those places we visited cemeteries.

Since we both love Abraham Lincoln, we stopped at the Gettysburg battlefield and the cemetery where Lincoln delivered his famous address. We also visited Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln lies buried in an impressive monument. We visited the street near the state capitol that has been preserved just as it was when Lincoln lived there and was an attorney in the city. Read more »

Motherhood: A vocation that grows and changes

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

In 1916, Padraig Pearse was executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter uprising.

Pearse was more of a scholar and a poet than he was a warrior. But like many in the fledging rebellion against the British, he had a romantic view of Irish martyrdom.

One of his best-loved poems was about his mother, and as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the words that he attributes to her about his own approaching death might touch every mother’s heart: “Lord, thou art hard on mothers: / We suffer in their coming and their going.” Read more »

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Care for creation: A moral issue and a Catholic issue

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

 

You need look no further than the rising sea waters threatening Miami or the erosion of coastal Alaska, where entire villages must be relocated in a state that’s becoming a bellwether for climate change.

Or study our polluted oceans, where our love affair with one-use plastic desecrates the sea, or feel the incrementally hotter temperatures assailing us each decade. Read more »

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Three pillars, three saints

March 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting, almsgiving — enrich our spiritual life during this penitential season. But they can also be challenging.

Saints can shed light on our journey. So let’s begin with almsgiving and look to St. Katharine Drexel as a profound example of the depth to which this practice calls us. Read more »

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New ways to give alms

March 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The word “almsgiving” has an old-fashioned ring to it. It calls to mind a Charles Dickens novel, a street urchin begging from the upper classes.

How many of us write a check to our local food bank and think of it as “giving alms”? It’s not really a 21st-century term. Read more »

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Ways to pray during Lent

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

These words are from Scripture, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 3. The young boy Samuel, the future prophet, awakens the aged Eli because he thinks he has been called by him. But Eli recognizes that it is God calling Samuel. When it happens again, Eli says, tell the Lord you are listening. Read more »

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Lent as a pilgrimage

February 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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When the comedian Stephen Colbert appeared, one Ash Wednesday, on his late-night television show with ashes marking his forehead, I felt a sense of communion.

He’s one of my tribe, I thought. Colbert is a well-known Catholic. He even invited Jesuit Father James Martin to serve as the unofficial “chaplain” to his Comedy Central program.  Read more »

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Too busy for God?

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How does a busy person find time for spiritual growth?

Sometimes, we feel like a perpetual motion machine — kids, sports, jobs, day care, house care, family obligations — the list goes on.

It’s a problem we’ve all faced. We’re exhausted, we’re stressed, we’re overbooked. Our schedules are hectic and, if we’re parents, we’re at the heart of it all, the engineer who makes it all run smoothly. Read more »

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Scripture in times of crisis

January 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 Desolation and crisis come to all of us in life. Sorrow, depression, addiction, anxiety and loss are part of the human condition. At some time, we each face a low point.

Where do we turn in times of need? Sometimes, we need professional help. Always, we need community support and the arms of loved ones. Read more »

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A new kind of New Year’s resolution

December 29th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Many of us own those wristband devices that record how many steps we take in a day. We’re told that 10,000 steps daily is a healthy goal, so we take walks, use the stairs instead of the elevator, vacuum instead of watch television.

At day’s end, we can see how close we came to that 10,000-step goal. Read more »

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