Hearing Silenced and Overlooked Stories

Pope Francis challenges us to "look into the face of the asylum seeker and really hear their story so that they are no longer a stranger to be feared and we can no longer be indifferent to their need." ...

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A Portrait of the Face of the Church

Before a dear friend invited me to hear her speak, I had never heard of Joan Chittister. A few days after accepting the invitation, my friend and I attended the book release for her recently published biography. In what...

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Are women recovering nags?

Today I scurried off to our local beach for a pre-dinner swim.  I left my sons and husband to sort out hamburgers and a salad. It was a risky choice, in terms of actually getting a meal, but it...

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Go ladies with “little ones”!

Reread my last blog post and thought, "maybe I came off sounding a little harsh on the ladies with little ones". Perhaps it was all my own projection. When I had "little ones", and I did, about a million years ago, I...

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Sistering!

If you want to be having your socks knocked off about the crazy/hilarious/ poignancy of being a woman then you ought to be listening to Glennon Doyle Melton. She's talking to anyone who will listen and hugging you...

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Sharing ourselves

I never ceased to be amazed and saddened by all that lies behind the smiles, smart looks and other facades so many women project. Beneath the surface there is so much pain, suffering, grief, guilt and negative emotions...

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Rabbi to the World

My husband and I have a saying, “The truth is the truth.” We usually say it after reading some spiritual text and marveling how easy it is to connect the dots from the key points in that book, be...

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On Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” : Life, Death, and Faith in the Power of Stories

            A “dry, leathery corpse”introduces Atul Gawande to medical school and readers to his book, Being Mortal.  Nothing else is revealed about the body; its former owner’s life and death are meaningless to the medical...

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The Gift of Molly

Whispered in the airImagined in dreams Yearned for with desireCreated through passion Nourished with purity Delivered with long effort Received into loving armsAccepted unconditionally Present in each momentWith wide-eyed wonder Nurtured with patienceLiving into possibility Spreading joy abundantlyBridging the past and future Born anew, the old soulRe-learns...

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Solstice

  on December twenty-thirdthe weatherman saidwe've passed the winter solsticetoday we gainone minute of daylight just one minute of daylightI thoughtwhat can I do with a minute of light? hug my husbandshare a kisssay a prayerpay a bill standing at my kitchen windowwatch...

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