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December 31, 2006

Today is the last day of the year … yet the church year has only just begun. Having celebrated the season of Advent and now the season of Christmas, I feel as though we are already full swing into the new year. Still, it’s worth reflecting on the year.

December 23, 2006

Today I had a breakfast date with my nephew Lucas. He is 6 years old. We went to have coffee, apple juice and bagels (very sticky cinnamon sugar bagels). We chatted about many things. Let me tell you a little about this great kid. Lucas and his older brother Jared enjoy playing outside with their friends. Lucas’s favorite video game is Star Wars Legos I. He loves the books Kissing Hand and its sequel A Pocket Full of Kisses. His favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with his family.

December 20, 2006

In my post TIME magazine article on nuns, veils, and blogs, Hans wrote a thoughtful comment about habits and his experience with the habit. He aptly notes that the modern view on habits is quite mixed.

December 14, 2006

Today is the feast day of Saint John of the Cross. Here’s the English translation of one of Saint John of the Cross’s most famous pieces, The Dark Night.

December 10, 2006

I received a comment from Esa, a Muslim man, who wrote that Muslims believe that Paradise is not only for Muslims but for everyone who is faithful, good-hearted and a helper to the people. He asked what I think about it. Esa, here are my thoughts …

December 4, 2006

This morning I innocently restarted my home computer, and it finally happened. It crashed big time. So, you may not hear from me too often in the next week as I await a new hard drive. In the meantime, enjoy this “Requiem for a Hard Drive” by Ravings of a Former Corporate Mommy.

December 3, 2006

A thought about the spiritual practice of waiting ...

December 2, 2006

Today we celebrate the lives of the four Churchwomen who were martyred in El Salvador. They are witnesses to all of us of the commitment to God and to love of one’s neighbor, even in the face of danger and death.

November 29, 2006

I recently received an email from a student doing a paper on Catherine McAuley. She asked if Catherine had any symbols associated with her. Not knowing off the top of my head, I headed to web sites of the Sisters of Mercy (whom Catherine founded in 1831). To my great delight, I discovered that one of the symbols associated with Catherine is “a comfortable cup of tea.”

November 28, 2006

"It is a particularly appropriate occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many persons who, in monasteries and hermitages, are totally dedicated to God in prayer, silence and hiddenness."