Taking Fido to Church

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Just so my fellow  parishioners don’t freak out, this happened at a parish my husband and I were visiting this past weekend. And, no, I won’t tell you which one.

Shortly after we took our pew, an elegantly-dressed woman in her senior years entered the pew in front of us. At the time, I noticed that she had two purses – one of “normal” size, and one (more…)

Three Life-Giving Facts about Prayer

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I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately. As usual, I think about it when I’m supposed to be doing something else (like racing to meet a deadline), which probably is what makes it all the more enticing. Ah, yes. We humans are a fascinating species, aren’t we?

Of course, it’s not only about procrastination, it’s also about refining what should be the central part of my spirituality.

St. Paul tells us, “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance making supplications for all the saints.” For “we have not been commanded to work, to keep watch and to fast constantly, but it has been laid down that we are to pray without ceasing.” (Thes 5:17, Eph 6:18) (more…)

A Big Heart Open to God – Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis

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I’m excited to share with you the link to the interview with Pope Francis just released by America Magazine. The interview. which took place over the course of three meetings this past August, was conducted by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of  La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal

It’s a special treat to have such a close-up look at our Holy Father. So far (I’m still going through it and likely (more…)

How I nearly spent $1200 on a dog

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I’m back from the hinterland. After four days of limited sleep and abundant fretting, discerning, praying, and nursing a sick dog, I am back – at least physically. Let me tell you, where I’ve been is a pretty weird place to be.

Our family dog fell seriously ill this past Saturday. Not to be gross, but she started throwing up chunks of blood Saturday morning. By that evening, it was clear that (more…)

Catch some Morning Air at 6:30am CST

As promised, I’ll be continuing my chat about helping others in crisis with Relevant Radio’s Morning Air host, Sean Herriot tomorrow, September 18 at 6:30am CST. Please join us live or listen to the podcast later at this link: http://www.relevantradio.com/programs/morning-air-with-sean-herriott