Sunday Scriptures
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The eldest priest of our diocese departed for heaven just recently at age 99. We felt some degree of sorrow—for ourselves—but mainly joy, for we felt certain he would be welcomed into the arms of God. more
As I walked down the road on a July morning, I stopped to talk to a neighbor who happened to be picking wild blackberries along the fence. I don't even know this woman's name, but we've met on the road and exchanged greetings for years. Although she's stooped with age, her quick, kind smile and soft voice indicate a gentle soul. more
On my back patio I have several pots of herbs that I use for cooking. While I'm pretty good at keeping them alive in spring and fall, the intense heat waves of summer and cold snaps of winter tend to wipe them out, forcing me to plant them anew each spring. more
I read in a recent magazine article that an increasing number of young American women are choosing to remain single. Although they may enjoy dating and the company of men, they wish to pursue careers or other interests unencumbered by commitments of having a spouse and children, it explained. more
The subject of death is not something we willingly talk about. It conjures up feelings of sadness, longing for loved ones, fear of our own passing and a realization that life as we currently are living it will not continue forever. more
At a gathering of people from our old prayer group, I was standing with a friend who is legally blind when she began remarking on how blessed we are. Terry focused her comments on the ease of life, abundant food and other blessings that surround most of us. more
In the early 1990s, a popular book by author John Gray hit the best-seller list and stayed there for a long time. The book, entitled "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," rested on the premise that women and men think and communicate so differently from each other that they might as well have come from different planets. A classic example: I can bring up a particular problem and only want to talk it through; my husband instinctively goes into "solution mode." He thinks it's his job to resolve my dilemma, and I'm content for him to just listen. more
I run a summer service camp called Camp Fort Worth. It has made a significant impact on the lives of teens for about 15 years. Students from a local Catholic high school are regular participants in the camp, while some of their classmates attend another camp called Life Camp. more
December 11, Third Sunday of Advent Cycle B Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 more
I know personally the meaning of the words of this week's Scripture from Proverbs: "When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life." more
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