Instructions for the New Year: Eat, Pray, Love and say Lord’s Prayer

“When you leave a place … Let go” Driving back from Wooster, Ohio I was distressed and so out of sorts I couldn’t enjoy the ride or the time alone with my husband, Marc. I’m exhausted from all the demands of Christmas and expectations that surround family during the holidays. I’m the...

A Visit to Bethlehem

I had the honor of visiting Bethlehem in September this year, with a group of Catholic American journalists. We were touring the Holy Land on a fact-finding mission, so that we could report accurately during the coming year, as the Holy Land is in the news. You can see my daily reports on this web site; you...

Am I a ‘Good Enough’ Parent?

My daughter turns 16 today. I watch small children at church, play with our younger nieces and nephews, and wonder where my little girl has gone. I know it’s her job to grow up and become increasingly independent, I’m enjoying the young woman she’s becoming, and I pray daily that her father and I have...

Fore!

The words bishop and humor don’t often go together for many of us,  but people are people! Our bishops are actually a pretty lively bunch—if you understand their culture.  SAM editor Susan Hines-Brigger and I were in Baltimore, back in November,  covering the annual assembly of the United States...

Cooking a Book

Cooking shares a lot in common with writing a book: Good cooking needs tasty ingredients, a competent chef, a worthy recipe, and dashes of patience and dedication to getting things right. Writing a saleable book requires delicious ideas, a competent writer, a logical structure, and dashes of patience and...

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