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Family: Living Within a Triangle of Light

+ While I was praying years ago, I literally felt a strong bar of light as it was pulled out from my heart and rooted in my husband’s chest. It was a light of steel, as inflexible as it was invincible. Then bars of light became visible from both out hearts up to God the Father at the pinnacle of a triangle. + I had a … Continue reading Family: Living Within a Triangle of Light

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Saint> Sinner=The Teeter-Totter of Life

 At first glance, the relationship looks bleak. Victoria, with low self-esteem and a victim complex, is in an emotionally abusive relationship. Louie, her husband does love her but he is a miserable man, struggling with cancer and the progression of M.S. In an attempt to dull the effects of depression, Louie drinks. In addition, he resorts to verbal abuse, venting his pain on poor Victoria. … Continue reading Saint> Sinner=The Teeter-Totter of Life

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Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One of his favorite quotes illustrates a profound grasp of what is … Continue reading Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

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Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

Theoretically, we all readily concede that the Mercy of God is available to everyone, from the richest to the poorest, from the most educated to the illiterate, from adults to small children. Since God is omnipresent, this means everyone on the entire planet is free to commune with Him at the same time because He can be fully present to each soul instantaneously. However, most … Continue reading Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

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Family Life: God’s Joyful Chaos

Little children are exuberant, joyful, full of wonder, curiosity and a sense of awe and trust in big people. They love unconditionally, without judgement, when they are loved. These are qualities God values. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 18:3 However, we can act just like the apostles … Continue reading Family Life: God’s Joyful Chaos

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The Cat Shall Nurse the Bunnies

Perhaps there was a bit of heaven on earth on our hobby farm because natural enemies became friends. I like to think that the Holy Spirit flowed from our hearts into the land and swirled around, soaking into and transforming our animals’ personalities. In Isaiah, we are told a sign of the kingdom of God is when-  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, … Continue reading The Cat Shall Nurse the Bunnies

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St. Joseph, Art, and Modern Fathers

  I have a new insight into the importance of fathers this year as I see my two sons and two sons-in-law interact with their children. One of my son-in-laws says that he could never see himself as a father a year ago. Now.. well he could not imagine missing this experience. All our 5 grandbabies thrive on the rough, fun play that seems to … Continue reading St. Joseph, Art, and Modern Fathers

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Transformed

Pain and fear of inadequacy,   Instantly swept aside. Surprised as A surge of motherly love Rose up in my heart. A sense of awe at The miracle of creation. We examined tiny, Perfectly formed Fingers and toes. Startled by Infant’s innate instinct For survival as He rooted hungrily, Nursing moments after birth. Pleased when Baby quickly turned his head Hearing the sound of our … Continue reading Transformed

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Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks

For me, it was easy to look like a saint on the outside as I mothered nine little people. The trouble was, although I looked like I lived a life of self-denial, losing myself to give life to others, I tended to over control. I depended on my strength to get through the overwhelming chores which were part of running a household of eleven.  . … Continue reading Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks

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A Call Which Confounds the Wise

A call to motherhood.   A call which confounds the wise. A call which confounds the mentality of Western Society. I too was surprised to discover life and joy in the ordinary. Years ago, a mother to four little onesI was frantic.. I was worried, actually frantic. Was I pregnant   yet again?     Suddenly the divine pierced through my cloud of  conflicting emotions, … Continue reading A Call Which Confounds the Wise

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Review: Karee & Dr. Manuel Santos on Mercy in Marriage

As all couples know, marriage is hard. However, our marital struggles become easier when we realize our growing pains are simply part of the normal process all couples must go through as they move from infatuation to a deep, mature, sacramental love. Mercy in marriage is the only way to not only survive marriage but to thrive as a couple and become unified and one … Continue reading Review: Karee & Dr. Manuel Santos on Mercy in Marriage

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Jesus is a Baby Whisperer

The best way to communicate with preverbal little people is to connect with their inner spirits, in with, and through God because Jesus was an infant. Only I do no think He ever forgot what it was like to be a preverbal little being.  . When we approach babies in the presence of the Holy Spirit, with Jesus and His gentle spirit, we can learn … Continue reading Jesus is a Baby Whisperer

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Worth Revisiting:The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome

Fallen man wants to run his own life and take control. Letting go of this control seems extremely difficult because it is hard to trust a God you cannot see and usually cannot feel or hear.  However, when we refuse to give up control and submit to the Father, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. Once we shut out the movement of the … Continue reading Worth Revisiting:The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome