Category: Seasons of Grace

The Importance of Repetition

 November 7, 2017

Season of Gratitude The strains of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Minor repeat over and over, intertwined with the gentle sounds of ocean. “Mom, that’s the same song over and over again. Aren’t you sick of it?” Surprisingly, I’m not–I need to hear the music for at least thirty minutes before I finally begin to relax. […]

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Making an Effort to be Thankful

 November 6, 2017

Season of Gratitude “I’m sorry,” the two fighting boys begrudgingly say; they shake hands under the watchful eyes of the playground supervisor. They don’t truly mean it, of course, but at least the effort was a start. For the moment, the apologies put an end to their fight. I don’t always have to mean it […]

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Getting Started – Developing a Thankful Heart

 November 3, 2017

Season of Gratitude In the worst situations, in our darkest hours, we can always discover a reason to give thanks. Hard to believe? It’s true. And when I can find no human reason to give thanks, the Spirit helps me offer thanks. I don’t always need a reason. Sometimes I just need to do it. […]

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All Souls Day, November 2

 November 2, 2017

Season of Gratitude – All Souls Day As a girl attending a Catholic grade school, I was taught to pray for the poor souls in purgatory on this day. We were encouraged to make visits to the church and pray a special set of prayers. For each visit a soul would be set free–or so […]

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All Saints, November 1

 November 1, 2017

Season of Gratitude – All Saints Day We are all called to sainthood. We are called to remember all those saints who have gone before us and are now part of the great communion of saints in heaven. Some we know by name, others remain part of the nameless masses, and yet their presence is […]

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Season of Gratitude

 October 31, 2017

In his epistles, St Paul repeatedly gives thanks to God for the communities of faith to whom he writes. His giving thanks is more than a gimmick or a polite way to begin and end letters; giving thanks is a way of life that Paul embraced and to which we, too, are called. Moreover, giving […]

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The Real Fear Factor


Ordinary Time – Happy Halloween! We love to be scared, until we don’t. We love scary movies about creepy things happening to other people, practical jokes that scare but don’t harm. That’s what Halloween is all about. The fun of getting dressed up, pretending to be someone you aren’t, going out at night and being […]

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An Everyday Miracle

 October 30, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability A very ordinary yet extraordinary event occurred on this day 32 years ago. My son was born. My life has never been the same. Babies are born every day throughout the world. It is an ordinary part of life. We are born and we die. We need to make […]

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An Ordinary Life

 October 27, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Life with a spouse is many things, but not boring. Aggravating, exhilarating, infuriating, but definitely not boring. Life with children is many things, but definitely not boring. Exasperating, full of surprises, some pleasant, some not so pleasant, but definitely not boring. Life here on this earth is many things […]

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Even the Sparrow

 October 26, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability I am a sparrow, plain and brown, small. I can slip unnoticed into your life and out again. I am shy. Do not lunge at me for I will fly away. But if you patiently wait, I may come and sit on your lap. I will sing to you […]

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