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Unsung Saints and Mystics

by Catherine Michaud CSJ In March (2016) Pope Francis announced the qualification of a married couple for canonization: Louis and Zelie Martin, St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents. He opened our imaginations to the myriad mystics and saints who have not been named, much less celebrated by the Church. During their lifetimes they were exemplars of…

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Earth Care

by Liz Kerwin, CSJ. Recently I was sent an article supporting the small percentage of scientists who say that human behavior is not responsible for global warming because these changes have always been happening throughout earth’s history. It also implied that all the concern among environmentalists and legislators is about power and money. I was…

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Meeting God on the Trail

by Karen Treat. Twenty some years ago, my husband and I hiked the state of Oregon. Daily we were amazed by the miraculous works of God--in the mountains, the water sources, and the people we met on the trail. What was important in seeing God was keeping our eyes open for God. Some days were…

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Margaret Silf is Coming Back!

by Kay Vander Vort.                                                                                                                       Click to Register:   Margaret Silf - Finding God in All things, September 2016 I was thrilled three years ago when I had the opportunity to drive Margaret Silf to the airport from Kings House Retreat Center in Buffalo. She had just finished an inspiring and energetic two day retreat…

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The Desert

by Sheila Laughton. There is an odd attractiveness about a desert, a place so hot or cold that life itself is a struggle. Perhaps it is because you are forced to live in the moment, on guard for the slightest change that signals danger—a raging sand or snow storm, a potentially lethal reptile or just…

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The Other Side of Suffering

by David Rothstein. Lent brings me a heightened awareness of suffering, my own and the world's. Sitting in morning meditation recently, negative thoughts drifted in: this world is truly an exile from the freedom and peace of the spirit world. Thinking of the many limitations and pains of this life, a man I know comes…

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From Ashes, to Incarnation

by Tom Allen. February 10 is Ash Wednesday. It is the day on which Christians remember that from dust we came and to dust we shall return. To be an Alzheimer’s care giver demands finding life while sitting in the ashes. I helped Julie change her clothes. She had on 2 bras and 2 pairs…

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Spiral Dynamics

by Catherine Michaud, CSJ. Preparing for my January 9 program at Loyola titled, “Faith Stages and the Spiritual Life,” I discovered SPIRAL DYNAMICS®, a program that provides a framework for understanding the “process of human emergence and how living systems evolve, grow and change” (spiraldynamics.org). It provides a means for “tracking the evolution of worldviews…

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Avantouinti

by Mary Noble Garcia. The thermometer read -10 degrees. We had just finished cross country skiing and decided to head to the sauna. The biggest question of the weekend remained—would we jump through the ice hole into the lake? As we warmed up in the sauna, the women who had jumped in already began to…

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Advent Haiku

by Liz Kerwin, CSJ. Please slow down your pace Now notice all around you Wait, watch and welcome Advent calls us to wait expectantly for the one who brings peace, and also to recognize the presence of the One already here among us. At least it invites us to slow down and be aware, to…

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