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God Bless the Chreasters

Easter Sunday morning, the church and the parking lot will be packed. Extra chairs will line the aisles and spill out into the narthex. Even with all the extra seating, the Sunday Masses will be standing room only. It’s a sight … Continue reading

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Four Perfect Hands

**My daughter was given an assignment to write about forgiving the unforgivable. This is what she gave me instead. two sets of hands hands that knew work strong capable rough holy one set the sacrifice the other the one that … Continue reading

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Caring for Our Clergy With Holy Week Survival Kits

We spent this morning putting together “Holy Week Survival Kits” for the priests and deacons from our parish. Holy Week is a marathon of rites and liturgies which will test the limits of their strength and endurance. When we started … Continue reading

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Catnip for Crazies

I have come to the inevitable conclusion that I attract crazy.  I send out a signal like a homing beacon and draw it to me. A few weeks back I was couch shopping, this woman sat down next to me on … Continue reading

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Welcome Home to The Reverts

As I watched the new Catholics enter the Church during last year’s Easter Vigil Mass, I wept during the Baptisms and choked up during the Confirmations. Nothing makes me happier than the sight of so many (64 total at our … Continue reading

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The Way It Ought To Be

I’m sorry, baby. You’re still so tiny and new, and you should be sleeping in the quiet at home instead of grabbing a nap all curled up in my lap at the coffee shop, but your dad is already back … Continue reading

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Jesus’s Step-Dad

**I’m still snuggled up with the baby, but didn’t want you to have nothing to read. Here’s a post from two years ago for the Feast of St Joseph. I’ve asked my kids about John the Baptist and the Blessed … Continue reading

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Love and Laughter

She’s not yet old enough to smile on purpose.  It will be weeks before she can laugh because something is funny.  Rita is still too young to do any of these things with meaning.  So how is it that she … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rest and Peace

Curled up in bed with our 4-day-old baby and listening to the hum of activity in our kitchen, I keep dozing off to the rise and fall of my husband’s voice as he attempts to organize the younger children into … Continue reading

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At The Foot of the Cross with Johnny Cash

For me, the sound of Johnny Cash’s song Hurt is the sound of Lent. The raw painful graveliness of his elderly voice as he lays his soul bare to the world in a slow remembrance of wrongs committed and guilt … Continue reading

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