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Shemaiah Gonzalez: ‘Joy can follow suffering’

A few years ago, I read a very sad book. The book told the story of a family that had experienced years of financial,...

Second Sunday of Lent: The life of Robert Robinson and ‘Come...

"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,/ prone to leave the God I love." This line from the hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,"...

The Beatitudes: Because God first loved us, we show mercy

"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Mt 5:7). The word "mercy" is a beautiful one. A word synonymous with the one...

‘O Holy Night’: A carol for the weary

The Christmas song that always slays me, jolts me out of my secular complacency and reminds me that this is an absolutely sacred moment...

During Advent, what if we reframed the act of waiting as...

We know Advent is a season of waiting but what if you feel like you've been waiting for a long time? We've been waiting...

Thanksgiving: Something magical about hearing gratitude spoken aloud

I have a theory. It is very unofficial. I haven't done any scientific research on it. I wouldn't even know where to begin --...

World Missions: We share our faith by our acts of service

"We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). This verse is the theme of this year's World Mission Sunday, a...

The year we all became bird-watchers: Writer Brian Doyle finds God...

One surprising note of the past year is how many of us got into bird-watching! I remember old sitcoms from my childhood where a...

In this pandemic year, motherhood meant creating a new narrative of...

Is it just me or does every mother feel as if we are just winging it? Motherhood is the ultimate "on the job training."...

Ash Wednesday: Looking at Lent through the lens of St. Clare...

Last year's Lent felt as if it never ended. There was not the usual release and elation of Easter as I watched from my...

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