Don’t Add to Your List, Highlight It

We waited in line at a special holiday sale, the line longer than usual, the packages larger than usual, and a cheerful, seasoned employee called out “remember this is the joyful time of year!” I wonder where the slow time has gone. Advent is meant to be a time of

Christmas Reading List (plus November’s Reading)

In November I read,     The Catholic All Year Compendium by Kendra Tierney – a fantastic resource I cannot wait to revisit with each new liturgical season. Implementing ideas goes well so far, in our own style, fulfilling the point of the book. (I received a copy from the

When I dared to hope…

  Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch.   A year ago, I dared to hope. I wrote in early January, “The thing I dare to hope for is to publish a book, or at least accepted by a publisher, not just any book but the book I have been

A Key Ingredient for a Phenomenal Advent

Advent begins tomorrow. Are you ready? “I can see that we as a society are hungry for community and shared experiences,” the author writes. And what do you know? Catholics have hundreds of possibilities throughout the year for just such celebrations. But we are confused. After having looked so long

How We Can Grieve Together While Grieving Differently: A Review of Grieving Together by Laura Kelly Fanucci and Franco David Fanucci

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   Grief. The five stages of grief are shock, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance. The four tasks of grief are accepting the reality of your loss, processing your grief and pain, adjust to the world without your loved one in it, and finding

Small-Town Solidarity in this Political Season

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   R. R. Reno, the editor at First Things Magazine, an intellectual journal exploring religion and public life, offers some intriguing thoughts this month in his article “Common Good Conservatism.” In the first section, Reno focuses on the terrible rift in American society

Meet Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

In honor of Native American Heritage Month and a reminder of the power of Christian unity, please allow me to introduce you to Kateri.     Written and presented to the Young Ladies Institute, Antoinette #193, a Catholic Women’s Organization   Called the “Lily of the Mohawks”, and the “Genevieve

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