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Advent Word: Experience

I pulled up to my daughter’s elementary school one unforgettable Friday afternoon, two years ago. Like many parents, I was there waiting for her, earlier than usual, and all I wanted to do was put my arms around my child … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Mom

The first time I realized that August 15 was the feast day of St. Mary (or as I like to say, “Jesus’ Mom”) I was sharing a hospital room adjacent to the NICU with another postpartum woman. She was praying … Continue reading

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Birthday Buddies

I have the auspicious honor of sharing my own birth date with two other family members…an uncle one generation older, and a cousin one generation younger. My Gramma proudly celebrated her son, granddaughter and great grandson each of us born … Continue reading

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Candle Light

Yesterday, on my way back home from our mother-daughter road trip, I asked my daughter if she wanted to stop at the Yankee Candle outlet that was en route. She shares my love of candles and we thought we might … Continue reading

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Life and Loss

My heart has been heavy this week. A friend and colleague of mine suffered a tragedy many of us would find unimaginable, the sudden death of her 20 year old son during a routine, fun-filled Fourth of July weekend at … Continue reading

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Living Water 6: Rainy Day Reflection

It feels poetic (yet hopefully not overdone) to convey that I am sitting to write this final reflection on “living water” for the week on a rainy, spring morning. ┬áMy backyard looks like a classic calendar scene of almost-April showers: … Continue reading

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Peace, part 1 (the image)

I have an image that has stayed with me over time, a simple but transformative moment of awareness. I have never tried to give it words, but it filled my mind tonight, so I will attempt to bring it to … Continue reading

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Hope, part 2 (the angel)

Today, I was chatting online with my friend Rose about the Angel of Hope statue and yearly remembrance ceremony held on December 6. If you are not familiar with the Angel of Hope (or the Christmas Box) check out the … Continue reading

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Hope, part 1 (the test)

Today is December 1. It is the first day of Advent. It is also World AIDS Day. Not coincidentally, when we lit the first candle of the advent wreath this morning in my faith community and spoke words about prophecy … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

May you know the immensity of divine love, even in the smallest footprint; May the expectation that holds your longing transform into hope in this present moment; May the treasure of memory swaddle your sorrow in a blanket of tenderness; … Continue reading

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