Category: Seasons of Grace

What Is Normal?

 September 22, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Normal, what’s normal? I certainly don’t know. There is so much violence and abuse in our world, in homes, that that would appear to be normal. Physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, spiritual abuse. Greed and corruption is everywhere. Waste of the good things God has given us abounds. […]

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The Wonders of an Ordinary Day

 September 20, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Why is it so hard to manage the ordinary times of our lives? When in crisis, preparing for that special occasion, or recovering from a tragedy, we know what to do. We keep busy because there’s so much to be done just to keep our head afloat. We long […]

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Are You a Craftsperson or Artist?

 September 18, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability It seems that craft and craftsmen/women have gone out of style. They finish a poor second to art and artists. We don’t refer to the afghans we make or other hand-crafted articles as simply crafts any more but as works of art, crafts appearing second class to art. The […]

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Our Lady of Sorrows

 September 15, 2017

Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15 With each relationship you add to your life, each child, grandchild, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, you add joy, but you also add the potential for sorrow. You rejoice when a child is born, but that is just the beginning. With each new step, each word spoken, they […]

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Appearances Can Be Deceiving

 September 13, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Don’t believe everything you see. Appearances can be deceiving. There are the ones who exude grace and charm. They maneuver life’s highways with an aura of peace. Nothing, no crisis, no loss, seems to shake them for too long. There are the ones for whom life is a constant […]

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Remembering 9/11

 September 11, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Life would never be the same, or so many insisted after 9/11. We walked around in a daze for weeks feeling our existence as a nation had been threatened, our sense of security taken away. We kept wondering, when would the other shoe drop? Where would the next terrorist […]

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Not so Ordinary Questions

 September 8, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Another day at the grindstone. A boring job, a boring routine. I can’t help but wonder … Does my life have meaning? Will I be remembered when I’m gone . . . and for what? Will the fact that I once walked the face of the earth make a […]

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Chasing Down Pests

 September 6, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability (Author’s note – I wrote this reflection the year following 9/11. As I hunted down these pests, I found myself comparing  them to terrorist cells. Just as it took months of being on guard against another infestation, I figured it would takes months of work to clear these groups […]

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Let Sunday be Sunday!

 September 3, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Why can’t I just let Sunday be Sunday? A day of rest and relaxation. A day of prayer dedicated to God. A day with no agenda. It’s not that I don’t have plenty to do to fill the day. I resist the urge to bring work home. I resist […]

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Thank God for Labor!

 September 1, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Labor Day weekend has arrived. Time for the last splurge of summer. While summer officially lasts until September 22, for many this is considered the unofficial end of the summer vacation season. Children go back to school making family vacations impossible to schedule. Even though my children are no […]

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