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One Christmas Eve, shortly after my parents put us children to bed, we started playing upstairs in our bedrooms.  My sisters and I were giggling over the silliest of things, and my brothers were wrestling with one another and jumping on their beds.  My parents must have been worn-out from...
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Chapter Nine                   Miracles  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever...
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"....it is the writing that is teaching me."   I couldn’t wait to finish high school to begin classes at Wilfred Academy School of Cosmetology.  I wanted to be a hairstylist. I wanted it so bad that it was all I could think about and dreamed every time I looked at someone. I imagined how...
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Mexico and Bonding At that time, in the 1970s, everyone was talking about a miracle cancer cure that was being offered in Mexico; it had been reported in newspapers, and magazines carried stories about it. While some people said they were cured of their cancer, others labeled it a hoax. But because...
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The Beautiful Dress I Borrowed With Natalie only nine years old, I was very discreet in dating and careful about bringing anyone into our home, or in allowing men to meet my daughter. We had lived in our apartment for almost two years before I met my future husband, and it had been four years since...
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The Missing Link and the Golden Key It is truly a blessing to be inspired by leaders who are taking action across the world to help others by sharing their vision of God. They are our role models as they show us what has brought them to such heights. They have arrived and touched the stars, and...
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There are some of us who have suffered, prayed, searched, and found the Risen Christ, and long to share the truths we've learned with those who have lost their way.   Love and forgiveness, along with gratitude and compassion, are the keys to true happiness that lead us to a more peaceful...
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The Therapist . . . an Angel Who Guided Me  One does not live by bread alone, but by every word  That comes forth from the mouth of God.   ‒Matthew 4, 4   Because of my overwhelming grief and loss, I went to see a psychologist who practiced at the hospital where Johnny had...
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The Work of the Moment          The small steps we take in life, beginning with helping others who are in need, are the most powerful steps we can take. During my journey, as I continued adjusting and seeing to those in need, I noticed who was bringing...
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How We See Our World   The world we live in is what we think it is; this means we can stay focused on as many negative things and hardships as there are in the world, or we can focus on God’s vision of the world, which is the wonderful world it could be. Sometimes we make false assumptions...
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Inspiration Close to Home             Whenever I was feeling despair, whether I was afraid, looking for comfort, love, or security, I always tried to remember my favorite saint: my own mother. She had always managed to smile and give a kind...
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The Church          So much is spoken about going within for prayer and meditation. But any spiritual practice that brings us closer to the pure love that resembles God can be found in the Church. Compassion and awareness of God’s love is the sacred communion...
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Sleeping Beauties As I sat at the sewing machine the other day, making curtains for my daughter, it brought my mind back to the day when I was in my late teens.  Forty years ago, and the first time I ever followed a pattern in sewing, by making doll clothes for my youngest...
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Our Best Role Models I read that the first “Mystery Plays” performed in the early Church, along with the scenes depicted in stained-glass windows, were created for people who could not read or write. The earliest of these plays took place in churches rather than in theaters, with the priests and...
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The Pain of a Child After my losses, my sister June gave me a book to help me through my grieving. It was My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone, S.J. When I first read it, I didn’t accept the author’s suggestion that I should be glad I was suffering because it would lead me closer to God. I was indeed...
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