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Advent: The poetry of St. Ephrem the Syrian connects us to...

When I reflect on Mary, mother of God, often my admiration and gratitude for her life of fidelity, faith and wisdom cannot be expressed...

God brings assurance just as we embark on a difficult action...

Throughout Advent and the Christmas season, I like to revisit the infancy narratives of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. There is so much...

Ignoring distractions by focusing on faith: Maureen Pratt

The phone call jarred me awake at 6:20 a.m. I am not a morning person and because there have been so many robocalls lately,...

I want to make donations, but the ability to pick up...

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move...

Retreats: ‘Getaways with God’ can be a profoundly rich experience

A cozy sweater. A question about life's direction. A toothbrush, toothpaste. A pandemic-weary heart. Along with everyday items, people making retreats often "pack" questions or...

The need to return to homebound ministries; visits, respite and peace...

If anyone needs evidence that a weekly, hourly visit from a friendly volunteer makes a big difference in others' lives, the effect of the...

What were your first impressions of your spouse what helped your...

We know the story by heart: A couple meets, sparks fly and it's happily ever after. Or is it? I asked four long-married couples about their...

Sharing light with others is an important practice now, more than...

In Spring 2015, I attended an exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It was a...

We can still connect with loved ones — in new ways...

My mother lives in one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19 activity and my own health issues prevent me from traveling, so this...

Plants, and people, need tending in these tough times

As my birthday approached last month, I decided to purchase a few new additions to my indoor garden — a blooming and three smaller,...

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