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5 Reasons Not to Seek Spiritual Consolation from God

I think Teresa of Avila might have made a great blogger. I read her Interior Castle this year, and while it was sometimes tricky reading, her organization style and penchant for lists would have made for some catchy titles: The … Continue reading

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52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God

A new 52 week series of reflections by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC INTRODUCTION  This summer I had the chance to visit my family and spend some time with my nieces.  Being with them has taught me a lot. One thing … Continue reading

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A Litany of Hospitality

The German language has a great way of expressing broad ideas or sentiments in a single word. Treppenwitz literally means “staircase joke”, and describes that witty comeback you thought of too late. Fremdschämen is “exterior shame”, and describes the cringey … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Make a Spiritual Fresh Start this Fall

September’s here, the kids are back at school, and most of us are ready to move from the lazy-hazy chaos of summer to a bit of life-structure that helps us make the most of our time and energy. As we … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home Part 8: Holiness and the Courage to Speak Up

As a linguist, I love virtues with weird-sounding names. Benedicencia is the virtue of speaking well of others, from Latin bene, meaning “well”, and dicere, meaning “say” (we have the word benediction in English, so benedicencia really means to “speak … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 7: Holiness and the Habit of Not Screaming at My Children

A friend and I were walking through a summer market today when we spied a t-shirt that read: “Patience is what you have when there are too many witnesses.” My friend giggled and said, “That’s true!” I smiled. For the … Continue reading

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Finding the Center in the Christian Faith

The Second Coming – Williams Butler Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and … Continue reading

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The Wounded Bride and the Word of God

Angry, heart-broken and sickened over the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, I have been fairly speechless since the news broke. I have read the first 50 pages of the report, and I felt like I was punched in the gut by … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 6: Holiness and the Annual Family Intention

Several years ago, some new friends we’d met through church invited our family over for supper. On the wall of their home, my husband and I noticed a large sign that read “God, Golf, Disneyworld.” Curious, we asked the couple … Continue reading

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I Don’t Have to Go to Church

It was a strange, unexpected feeling. The timing was ridiculous. It was August 15, the Feast of the Assumption (and my daughter’s birthday). My wife, mother-in-law, and I were getting ready to attend 7 p.m. Mass on this Holy Day. … Continue reading

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