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No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

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No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

  A US flag, a petty perspective, and aesthetics. I felt thunderous  disbelief as I read a recent story in the news. And no, I’m not talking about Trump or white supremacists for a change. I can only call it an unnecessary assault on a Navy Commander. A Shocking Story of a US Flag and a Florida Neighborhood When you’ve used your God-given talents to rise to the rank of commander, I think you’ve earned the right to have the US flag on your mailbox, for crying out loud. Actually, every citizen in this country should be able to show...

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Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

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Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

At a meeting years ago in River Forest, IL where I used to live, Ed Jeep asked the group: “Who do you pray to: The Father, The Son or The Holy Spirit?”  Of the ten or twelve people in the Lawrence’s living room that night, I remember being the only one who acknowledged praying to the Holy Spirit. I received an unusual look from Ed when I said this. I wasn’t sure what it meant.I didn’t always pray to the Holy Spirit, but at that particular time, it seemed to be Who I was drawn to pray. I never questioned these...

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The Counter-intuitive Welcoming Prayer

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 WELCOMING PRAYER The welcoming prayer is the most effective prayer I’ve yet to encounter that helps me release unwanted emotions. The following is from the Lux Divina list of the online contemplative community referenced in my book . Writer anonymous shares:   “What I know comes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening which I highly recommend. She has a whole chapter on the Welcoming Prayer that is very helpful. Here’s a brief summary. “When confronted with a powerful emotion, follow these three steps....

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Something Significant, Instructive, and Graceful. Really?

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Something Significant, Instructive, and Graceful. Really?

I’ve always been a tomboy, a person who tries to do too much and as a result, always feels like I’m in a rush. So graceful is not a word I would apply to myself. Because I relied on Jesus Christ to guide me through the writing of this book, however, any grace that reviewers like Marion Roach Smith find is acknowledgement that Christ worked through me. Thanks, Marion, for such lovely words to describe my book. Chris Manion has created a handbook, in the form of a memoir, on how to let the beauty of life be a feast for the soul....

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I felt like James Earl Jones in the cornfield.

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“I’d known for a long time that the ache in my soul was for God and God alone. Nothing else would assuage it. I felt like James Earl Jones in the movie Field of Dreams as he responded to the invitation to follow the baseball players into the cornfield. He walked right up to the cornstalks and stood there, hesitantly, looking into the dense growth of seven-foot-high plants, trying to see where the others had gone.” -Chris Manion   excerpt from God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul (Redemption Press, 2017). Click  here to read...

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How are women second-class citizens? Part 2 on Mary Luke Tobin.

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Fifteen women were allowed to witness Vatican Council II. Sister Mary Luke Tobin was one of them. Besides being a nun with the Sisters of Loretto, Mary Luke  lived her life as an antiwar activist; an international lecturer against rising militarism; and an advocate for justice, peace and human rights around the world. She was one of the most interesting people I ever met. This is Part 2 in a series on Sister Mary Luke Tobin, a shape changer in the American Catholic Church. Read how I met her in my memoir, God’s Patient Pursuit of My...

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Mary Luke Tobin: A feisty female voice in the Catholic Church.

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Mary Luke Tobin: A feisty female voice in the Catholic Church.

Sister Mary Luke Tobin had a look in her eyes I don’t see often enough. She was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. I mention her in my book, God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul. She was a friend of the famous monk, Thomas Merton, who gave a few lectures to novices and visited the infirmary at her convent once the doors between her Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Kentucky and the Trappist Abbey in Gethsemani – 13 miles away – opened in 1959. She handed me some of the notes she typed up from his talks at...

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

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Grace gets unearthed and stirs my soul.

Grace gets unearthed at odd moments.  Do you notice when something’s dying? Landscapers noticed a patch of turf on the grounds of our townhome that was dying. Because they saw the dying and cared about the living, they searched and uncovered a broken pipe hidden beneath the surface and repaired it. They didn’t just patch it with new sod. They cared enough to dig underneath to see what was causing the grass to die. I respect people who care enough to dig in and see what’s going on when something doesn’t look quite...

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Helen Keller Shines Inspiration in Darkness

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Helen Keller Shines Inspiration in Darkness

On down days, self-doubting days, low biorhythm days… I find inspiration thinking about Helen Keller and what obstacles she overcame to make something out of her sad and silent life. It still amazes me that someone who could not see, who was left unstimulated, of whom no expectations were made, could have learned words, pronunciations (without the ability to hear), and then to go on to become a public speaker before large audiences whom she would never see and trust that the sounds she was making were discernible (since she...

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Allowing Our Light to Shine, Removing Obstructions

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Allowing Our Light to Shine, Removing Obstructions

Allow me to introduce you to a lovely writer and a gentle source of encouragement and light for your life. Allowing Our Light To Shine by Madisyn Taylor When we remove obstructions in our path our light can more easily come forth. There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those times we can take a look at what we might do to let our inner light shine to the fullest. We can work from the outside inward, knowing that we are the only ones with the power to dim our lights, and as we clear away the layers we can get out of...

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