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Structure is especially evident in our pathway of faith — Maureen...

When I was a child, one of my father's hobbies was making telescopes. He would work for hours grinding mirrors, carefully calculating and recalculating...

Family reunions a time to remember those who are not with...

Like many other "clans" this summer, part of my extended family will gather for a biannual reunion. Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but I have...

Look for Lenten encounters with others, moments spent with God that...

This Lent will be a little different from previous ones for me. Personal responsibilities will make it difficult to make "big plans," such as...

The Beatitudes: Society poses many challenges to nurturing a clean heart

Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God," is, perhaps, one of the most wonderful, yet personal and daunting...

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...

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