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How Mercy and Love Can Heal Our Wounded World

“Have mercy!” my grandmother used to exclaim when presented with some kind of shocking news. This was usually accompanied by the clasping of her hands to...

Kathy Hendricks

Honoring the Dignity of Every Human Being

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of...

Kathy Hendricks

The Value of Humilty

It’s taken a long time to straighten out my understanding of humility. As a child I was taught that to say anything positive about yourself was vanity and...

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Closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog about the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It included an explanation of the opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican and in...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Prayer for Integrity

My fascination with Abraham Lincoln started at a young age. I pulled a hefty tome about his assassination off my parent’s bookshelf while in fourth grade...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Uncovering Virtue

Much as I love the season of fall, I am going to miss my mornings on the front porch. I start most summer days there, reading from a book of reflections...

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Cultivating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“What if this year we were to let the Holy Spirit turn us into people of overflowing fullness?” Brother Roger of Taizé

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit– Understanding

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding seems to be the most multi-leveled. It brings to mind a Russian nesting doll in which each one opens...

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Spiritual Practices: Keeping a Gratitude Journal

“What a grueling two days it’s been… Can I even give thanks for the pain and struggle?” Even now, almost twenty years after writing those words, the...

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Pope Francis in Mexico: Build Bridges of Compassion, Mercy, and Hope

It’s a shame that a single quote seems overshadow Pope Francis’ recent visit to Mexico. His comments about the folly of building walls versus bridges were...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: Wellness and Spirituality

There is nothing like a head cold to remind me of the blessing of good health. Each time I come down with one, I am once again taken by surprise at how...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:21

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Catholic Schools Week Reflection: The Joy of Knowledge

When I was teaching second grade, I sometimes felt sorry for my colleagues in the upper levels. They didn’t receive the kind of love notes that appeared...

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World Day of Peace

It was the song that always ended our concerts, sometimes as an encore after receiving a rousing response from our parents and classmates. To this day I...

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Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

“I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the...

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Psalm 23 Reflection: Surely Goodness and Mercy Will Follow Me

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6 Of all the psalms, the twenty-third is certainly the most familiar. Each...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Meek and Humble of Heart

Of all the Beatitudes, the one calling for meekness might seem the most puzzling. Isn’t it the strong and most forceful who conquer lands and acquire...

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Catholic Virtues: Image of Mercy from a Catholic Family

Growing up in a Catholic family, I was used to seeing images around our house reminding us of our faith tradition. One of the most memorable was the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Hunger and Thirst for Justice

“Everybody wants to see justice done on somebody else.” Bruce Cockburn  When I taught fourth graders I quickly learned their mantra: “It’s not fair.”...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Honesty Is the Best Policy

As January comes to an end, I am busy collecting all the necessary forms and receipts in order to file my taxes. Each year I try to get a jump start on...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Lessons in Patience

I don’t know the reason for it but I recently spent a morning feeling impatient with everyone and everything. The drivers going a few miles below the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Empathy and Comfort

“Twelve Years a Slave” was on television recently and I found it no easier to watch the second time around. The same heartache enveloped me as scenes of...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Loyal Loved Ones

“Wherever you go, I will go…” (Ruth 1:16) These words from Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi, encapsulate the bond between two women from divergent...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Contagion of Joy

I love how Pope Francis has resurrected the concept of joy. In his encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he emphasizes the importance of...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Legacy of Generosity

When I got the email about Ray’s death, my heart sank. It wasn’t a surprise, as the cancer in his system was depleting his energy and slowly draining the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Value of Cooperation

A few weeks ago I mentioned the training my husband, Ron, had been doing for a 50-mile ultra-marathon. The race has been run and Ron finished in good...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Creativity

“How many of you are creative?” The question generally draws only a smattering of positive responses at one of my women’s retreats. Those answering yes...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Moments of Reverence

I read a newspaper article the other day about how a Compline service in a large urban cathedral was attracting a large number of young adults. They come...

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Prayer for Lenten Initiative

As the winter Olympic Games in Sochi were wrapping up, the television network played its requisite montage of memorable moments. Skiers, snowboarders,...

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The Gift of Reflection

Some people start their day with coffee and the newspaper. Mine begins with orange juice and my journal. The cat is usually waiting for me to settle into...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Grace of Stewardship

A few years ago, while serving on a parish staff, I was asked to speak at the weekend Masses on the theme of stewardship. Just as I was heading to the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Accessible Holiness

Every once in a while I come across a holy card stuck in a book. We had dozens of them when I was a child. Most were of Mary, but a number depicted...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Respecting All Life

Each of my pregnancies were times of wonder, but nothing surpassed the first. Facing the prospect of motherhood was both fascinating and daunting. The...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Hospitality and Welcome

My brother likes to joke about how many people my mother could feed with a single package of deli meat. Sandwiches might have been thin, but everyone...

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Catholic Virtue Series: The Faces of Caring

“Where have you been?” Those words always stopped me in my tracks when trying to sneak past my parents’ bedroom after a too-late night. I had to come up...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtue Series: Quiet Fortitude

My brother tells a story about his childhood friend, Mack, who was being picked on by a kid in his neighborhood. Tired of living in fear, Mack took...

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Catholic Virtue Series: Mary’s Obedient Heart

Sometimes I wonder if the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in the middle of the night. Not in a dream, like Joseph, but in one of those wide-awake,...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Benefits of Temperance

I don’t remember much about the discussion, but I do remember Father Lascelles’ response. I was lingering with other teachers and school staff around the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Hope in the Long Haul

The news of a friend’s death this past week came out of the blue and hit hard. Pete has been part of our lives, off and on, since before Ron and I were...

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Catholic Virtues Series: Keeping Faith

"Real faith… strips the world of its mask and reveals God in all things.” Charles de Foucauld

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Catholic Virtues Series: Saintly Love

With All Saints Day approaching, I have been thinking about the small “s” saints in my life. My parents, saints Al and Nellie. My friends, saint John the...

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Catholic Virtues Series: The Significance of Empathy

The nuances in the Gospels are a constant source of intrigue to me, making them treasures that keep unfolding. A case in point is the healing miracle in...

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