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July 21, 2017

Celebrating Saints and Mystics: Saint Ignatius Loyola

You might call it “Ignatian Imagination” – the meditative exercise developed by Saint Ignatius Loyola that draws us into a Scripture passage through our five senses.

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WBAS Topics Saints

July 5, 2017

Celebrating Saints and Mystics: Benedict of Nursia

A young man grows tired of the hustle and bustle of urban life so he seeks a place in nature where he can live in quieter fashion. The silence in such a beautiful setting feeds his soul and he begins to cultivate a rich prayer life. Soon others hear about his venture and seek him out for his wisdom and counsel. They, too, yearn for a respite from too much noise and distraction.

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WBAS Topics Saints

June 29, 2017

Celebrating Our Freedom to Advocate and Care for Others

It isn’t exactly summer reading, but I just finished Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14. It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to have been born and raised in a North Korean prison camp who eventually escaped.

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WBAS Topics Holidays, WBAS Topics Prayer

June 12, 2017

The Freedom of Limitations

It has been over thirty years since my husband, Ron, ran his first Pikes Peak Ascent – a race to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain. At the time, the Olympic games were playing themselves out on television. Our son, Eric, enamored by the thrill of victory, was thoroughly convinced that his father was going to win the gold medal. He was crushed when he learned that it wasn’t going to happen.

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WBAS Topics For Families

June 7, 2017

Seminarian Letter Project: Catholic School Children Send Their Support and Encouragement

“May your life be filled with love, hope, and happiness as you continue your training. Thank you for your service, and good luck.”

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WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections

June 6, 2017

Celebrating Saints and Mystics During the Liturgical Year

My Little Lives of the Saints booklets were precious possessions. As a child I pored over each account and studied the accompanying pictures. Each saint looked so serene and perfect. None were old, wrinkled, or overweight and all looked the picture of health, thanks to the enhanced color my older sisters added to their faces with colored pencils.

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WBAS Seasonal Feast Days & Holy Days, WBAS Topics Saints

May 9, 2017

A Memorial Day Reflection

When my husband and I set off on a cross-country trip four years ago, we knew we would visit numerous historical sites. We did not think so many of them would include graveyards.

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WBAS Topics Holidays, WBAS Topics Prayer

April 26, 2017

Flowers for the Blessed Mother

What do you think the following flowers have in common: rose, thistle, violet, marigold, carnation, lily, and forget-me-not? Each one has a legend that associates the flower with the Blessed Mother. Some flowers are certainly well-known for such connections. Flowers are one of the many symbols of Mary.

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WBAS Topics Saints, WBAS Topics For Families

April 19, 2017

Arbor Day; A Precious Reminder of the Gift and Wonder of Creation

We don’t make much of Arbor Day any more. It has been overshadowed, perhaps, by the flashier Earth Day which precedes it. Nevertheless, I am going to mark the day by recalling the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer.

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter

April 12, 2017

Earth Day and the Joy of God’s Creation

“Our very contact with nature has a deep restorative power; contemplation of its magnificence imparts peace and serenity. The Bible speaks again and again of the beauty of creation, which is called to glorify God.” Saint Pope John Paul II

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WBAS Topics Prayer

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