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‘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...

Advent Week 1: Poems to bring us into the Advent state...

Resting in the miracle The doctor placed you upon me, Skin on skin, warm but cold. She said skin would bond us. She said you would know it...

All Souls’ Day: A day of prayer and remembrance for the...

If you were to walk past my parish on your dark and damp walk on the evening of Nov. 2 in years past, you...

Through the pandemic, God endures; our faith should, too

A pandemic can be rough on your faith. I hope you laughed at my "stating the obvious." We are all finding new rhythms and...

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