Hope: A World Afire

I just returned from an incredible weekend at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. This is my seventh year attending, and each year I return home inspired and awed. This year was the first time I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies. The theme of the event was Hope: A World Afire,...

The Beauty of Winter

Don’t you love the beauty of a blanket of snow? Tall trees, bushes, fields, and buildings glistening in crystal-like perfection. And isn’t it wonderful that God made each snowflake unique? People may complain about the cold and the snow but I have yet to meet one person who could argue about how...

Stories of Jesus

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I love to read a good book. I especially like books that are entertaining and thought provoking. I just finished reading a new Franciscan Media book titled Stories of Jesus, 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection by Joseph F. Girzone. Although Stories of Jesus is...

Tradition and Celebration for the Holidays

It’s that time again, a time when family and tradition come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  I look forward to it, because it is a celebration. And like any celebration it involves a lot of thought, work, and, for me, a sense of real joy. This year for Thanksgiving I did not cook...

Falling Into Joy

Have you ever wanted to lash out to a complete stranger?  It can be hard at times not to, but thankfully this is one time when I know God’s grace rewarded me with love and joy! On Tuesday night’s I enjoy a water aerobics class. Last week as I was walking into class I heard a lady (I will call her...

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