Behold, NOW is the time

Ash Wednesday comes around when winter's getting old, before there's much promise of spring. TheNew Years' resolutions are faded; the Valentines' flowers are wilted. On this drearily ordinary day, thescriptures announceBehold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is...

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No Alligators in Sight: A Girl in search of Family, Community, and Peace

My protagonist, Lettie, a girl of faith and hope, wants to find a place to call home. Don't we all? Her journey is one that we are all making, every day, to have comfort and...

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Advent’s Long Road

“I learn by going where I have to go.”        Theodore RoethkeWhen was it ever a perfect time to prepare for Advent?  The road to Bethlehem was long for Mary, looking for a place to birth her child in...

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Thanks

Thanks is ubiquitous, often in a mechanical way. We say thanks at the end of tedious emails to Customer Service or Human Relations. We exchange mumbled thanks at the checkout. We prompt children for ‘the magic words’. But sometimes...

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On All Souls

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Reflections on Grace

If you’ve lived in Boston for even a little while, and you own a car, chances are you’ve had the perilous experience of driving on the Jamaicaway, a road that was built long before every household had 2...

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Dignity: Holding Us Together

Donna Hicks is a conflict- resolution specialist who has participated in some of the world’s most intractable conflicts such as: Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Cambodia, US-Cuba. In one such situation in Cambodia, after hearing the painful stories of Khmer...

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Women Who Make a Difference

Sr. Julia Heslin and Sr. Edna Clark (Sisters of Charity, Halifax) have been supporting a school in the barrio of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic since 2007. They got involved because the founder, Debora ...

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The Perfect Peach

This morning I ate a perfect peach, soft-skinned rose and gold, juicy, fragrant.  In the delight of the moment, I found myself giving thanks for the grower, picker, shipper, and purveyor of the peach and praying: may...

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Triumphant Entrance

I can't recall a time when I walked into a room triumphantly.  Especially given all the criticism that would likely follow. Can't you hear it.......Who does she think she is?...What's so special about her?I often wonder about the reception...

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