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Jubilee: A Season of Celebration

By Joanne Dehmer, SSND In the book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned every 50th year. It was a time of joy, a time to reflect on the past and celebrate God’s presence. The tradition of celebrating Jubilees grew in Christianity and today we as women religious celebrate Jubilees at significant times such as…

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Time-Out to Remember

by Mary Noble Garcia Not long ago I decided to put myself in time-out.  I drew from wisdom learned almost two decades earlier. I had been home all day with my three-year-old son. He had perceptively pushed every one of my buttons.  I felt overwhelmed and exhausted.  I needed to take action—to try something new. …

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Springtime of the Soul

by Liz Kerwin. Lent is called the Springtime of the Soul, and although Lent is almost over, spring is just getting a good start. In spring we experience increasing light. Plants and trees are beginning to sprout with new life. We think of planting seeds. We also might think of spring housecleaning. What does any…

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What Can I Bring to Spiritual Direction?

by JoAnn Campbell-Rice At a recent poetry workshop with Naomi Shihab Nye, I became aware of what I love so much about this artist—she finds poetry everywhere, and she shares it enthusiastically with her audience. It’s enlivening being in her presence. So too, as spiritual seekers, we can find the sacred in everything, and sharing…

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Cultivating Joy

by Nancy Loyd I have been thinking a lot about joy lately. Specifically, how to cultivate joy in a time in history that I find to be at best uncertain, and at worst, terrifying.  I believe the world needs each of us to intentionally cultivate joy in order to not just survive, but to be…

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Advent Awareness

by Liz Kerwin The Advent Christmas season is my favorite time of year.  People say they are so busy.  I prefer to say my life is very full.  How do I choose to fill my life during this Advent time when we are invited to be awake, aware, anticipating and in awe? I will do…

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Christ Comes in a Time of Division

by David Rothstein Yesterday a Muslim teen on a New York subway train was verbally attacked by 3 white men. She said they mentioned Donald Trump, called her a terrorist, told her to leave the country, and “take that rag off your head.” No one on the train said a word as this happened. As…

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Cultivating Awe

By Kay Vander Vort These days I often hear “awesome” as a response of appreciation or high praise such as, “that dinner was awesome,” “that movie was awesome,” “you got your driver’s license? That’s awesome!”  The word “awesome” has become so common place that it has lost its punch. Recently I read an article in Parade…

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Labyrinth in the Dark

By Mary Noble Garcia Overlooking a spring-fed lake, the labyrinth was cut into the prairie. The moon was rising on the horizon in the clear night sky. Darkness surrounded us as we stepped outside to walk the labyrinth.  These were the instructions: Walk in silence. If you pay close attention, the contrast between the light…

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Circles of Wisdom

By JoAnn Campbell-Rice Is there anything more healing than being truly heard? In ordinary conversation when someone speaks, others respond, interrupt, ask questions, share their own experiences, offer advice, or change the subject entirely. That format works on lots of topics, but for things close to my heart, I prefer a circle of wisdom. In…

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