Feasts, holy days, holidays

On the heels of my post “The Art of the Love Letter”, let’s hear it for acts of kindness in Marriage!

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wrote “The Art of the Love Letter” last week to give men —  who think they’d rather show their love instead of talk about it — an insight into the heart of many women for whom the words of love are important. Yes, even long past the “honeymoon” stage of…

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Our Lady of Lourdes…. a recap of our June 2012 pilgrimage.

Last June, Bob and I travelled to Lourdes as part of a week in France to celebrate our anniversary. It was a wonderful blessing and I’ve already shared quite a bit about our pilgrimage to Lourdes, and the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, both on Among Women and on the older blog. I’ve still…

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The Art of the Love Letter: Tips for husbands and husbands-to-be as Valentine’s Day Approaches

In which I kind of get to brag on my husband a little as I encourage men to commit their love to paper in honor of St Valentine… In the rush to go green and paperless, and in the never ending screen-related communication that we face daily, the love letter will never lose its power….

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Among Women 156: Countdown to Lent!

This week on Among Women I encourage us to take a few moments to begin to prepare our hearts and our schedules for Lent. In our “Blessed are They” segment, I look back into the Old Testament and talk about Miriam, Moses’ sister who helped to spare his life. It’s a neat story that reminds us…

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Newtown CT: We pray with you and mourn with you. (Here’s my latest on Patheos on turning to the God who saves.)

Newtown CT: we pray for you and we mourn with you. Like so many of you, I’ve been disturbed about the carnage that took place in the sanctuary of an elementary school in Connecticut. Here’s a few thoughts on what I learned by recalling that the liturgical calendar places the Feast of the Holy Innocents…

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Adventing… a microcosm of real life

So, my latest column at Patheos is the requisite nod to the liturgical calendar, but its more about ALL the comings of Christ in my experience… that the season of Advent really lights up an awareness of the sacred found in every day. Here’s a excerpt: Advent is not just a liturgical season, it’s a…

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Remembering my thanksgivings, with a proverbial string around my finger

Ever keep a song on your playlist for 10 years or more? For me, this is one of those… Did you listen to it? Since it came out in 2000, every single time, I’m convicted by that lyric… “You are faithful, I’m forgetful.” It’s so true that I often just breeze by Christ, who is…

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All Souls Day: the abyss of death is filled by an abyss that is greater still, namely, the love of God – BXVI

The expression used by the Apostle [Paul] — “baptized into his death” (Rom 6:3) — never ceases to surprise us, such is the precision with which he summarizes the breathtaking mystery. Christ’s death is the source of life, for into it God poured all of his love, as in an immense cascade, which makes us…

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