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The Dash In Between

Since time began, every human on the face of the earth began with a start date (birth) and an end date (death).  What shows up in between is a dash … standing for the life between the start and finish.  We see the dash in obituaries and on grave markers all...

Most Humbling

On Maundy Thursday this year, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 women at a prison in Rome during a ceremony emphasizing humility. This was a first for the pope to wash the feet of women only during the special annual service. Pope Francis led the ceremony at Rebibbia...

Do You Stand for Life?

Each year since 1984, the third Sunday of January has been known as Sanctity of Life Sunday.  I arrived at church today anticipating an inspiring sermon about the value of life, but, unfortunately, that was not the sermon offered at my church and, from what I...

My Little Prodigal

We got a Great Pyrenees puppy in June.  Solid white, fluffy fur, and big black eyes — he’s cute (and he knows it).  We call him Snowball. Now that he’s eight months old, he’s entered his teenage years and everything looks good on the other side of the...

Crossing the Finish Line

My family loves sports – baseball, football, basketball – you name it.  Perhaps it’s the competition we thrive on. Whatever the reason, I’ve always admired athletes (perhaps because I’m not one).  I thought about our history for love of competition this week...

The Long Arms of Jesus

There’s a common thread among the people we talk to … most had no home life growing up … no father and/or mother in their life … most were subjected to abuse. Many say there is no way the God of the Universe could or would love someone like them …but Jesus!

Little Sheep

One of the first scriptures I memorized as a child was Psalm 23.  It was a beautiful picture of what Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, does for each of us, His sheep. It wasn’t until the last few years that I fully came to appreciate its meaning. In Psalm, David, a...

I Am What I Am

I was blessed to have parents who cared for their family. They each took, housed, and saw to their needs until they passed. I loved spending time with my maternalgrandparents (especially my “Bom-Bom,” who was THE best cook in the world!). Unfortunately, I never knew...

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

I look forward to time with my gal friends from the Big City.  A few weeks back I had lunch with my pal/gal (no, not “Sal”).  Always a hoot — always entertaining – almost like going to a movie (the only thing missing is the popcorn).  However, when her tone...

There Are No Words

It doesn’t take long to find suffering in this world.  Sudden loss can be catastrophic to an individual or family.  It’s at such a time you realize there really are no words that can express your sorrow for your friends/family/fellow man. Within the last year I’ve had...

A Family Affair

They came from near and far to celebrate a wonderful member of the community.  In anticipation of a truly great event, family, friends, and neighbors started their travels early in the morning to arrive in time for the “big surprise.”  It wasn’t a birthday, holiday or...

One Big Happy Family

I have to say I am part of one big happy (for the most part) family.  Sometimes I don’t know what to do with them, and sometimes I don’t know how to love them, but we always laugh (at ourselves and each other), cry when hurt, fuss and sputter.  I have no...