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September 14, 2017

Letting Our Catholic Faith Inspire Us To Console Families Who Suffer

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Leo Tolstoy 

As I entered the church that day, I knew the funeral would be sad. I was unprepared, however, for the sight of my friend, bent over with grief, as she walked down the aisle beside her husband. Their bright, beautiful, college-age daughter had been killed in a terrible car crash. What made it even worse was that this was the second of their three children to die in a highway accident.

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WBAS Topics For Families

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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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

February 13, 2017

Family Spirituality: What Makes a Marriage?

Every morning my husband, Ron, leaves a piece of dark chocolate by my computer. I savor its bitter-sweetness in small bites throughout the day. Recently Ron went on a week-long camping trip and, before departing, he left me a chocolate bar so that I could break off my own pieces. I never did. It just wasn't the same without him.

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January 13, 2017

January Psalm Reflections

My mother used to wait to take the Christmas tree down once my siblings and I were back in school because she thought it would make us sad. In truth, she was the one who mourned the passing of the season. I think she needed the time alone to grieve. As a result, January was her least favorite month of the year. Many people seem to concur. With the bright activity of the holidays behind us, the month can seem long, cold, and stark.

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WBAS Topics For Families

November 16, 2016

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 basilicas around the world. Now those great doors are about to close. We have reached the end of the jubilee but certainly not the conclusion of our efforts to be merciful. If anything, we should be more steeped in what it means to be dedicated followers of Christ, whose mercy knows no bounds.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Topics Virtues & Values

November 9, 2016

Free Thanksgiving Prayers & Reflections for Catholic Families

As families gather to share a meal and express gratitude for their many blessings this Thanksgiving, they have the opportunity to pray. With these prayers of thanksgiving, printable activities, and reflections, Catholic families can enhance their practice of gratitude.

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WBAS Topics Holidays, WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families

October 17, 2016

Living as Faithful Citizens: Download a Prayer for the Election

I wish I knew how to contact Mrs. Andrews. I would love to send her a much-belated thank-you the Civics class she taught when I was a junior in high school. In addition to learning about the structure and functions of the three branches of government, she emphasized our role in becoming good citizens. Part of that entailed the responsibility to be well-informed, thoughtful, and respectful of the democratic process. With the upcoming national election, Mrs. Andrews’ call to responsible citizenship is on my mind.

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WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families

September 12, 2016

Growing Gracefully

When I grow up, I want to be like Aunt Julia. After a brief visit with her in Orlando this past weekend, I feel warmed by her spirit, her easy laugh, and her generous heart. As the only surviving sibling in a large family, she holds stories and memories that tell of another era. Her father died when she was ten and her older brother had to take on the role of patriarch when he was in his mid-teens. Only two children in their large family went to high school; all of them, except Julia, worked in a local shoe factory. She studied nursing, married, raised a family, and moved from New York to Florida. I am not privy to many other details of her life, having “inherited” her as my aunt-in-law. I just know that I admire her greatly.

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September 1, 2016

Making Time for Friendship

Paul Simon, in one of his early songs, described old friends as “bookends.” The image didn’t mean much to me until this past weekend when I drove to Taos, New Mexico, to reunite with two friends from childhood. Bill and I grew up in the same neighborhood and share memories that stretch back to Kindergarten. Stephanie showed up in the middle of our fifth grade year and Bill and I quickly swept her into our little circle. Our friendship remained steadfast well into our twenties when years and careers started to pull each of us in different directions. We stayed in touch sporadically until this past spring. The heart attack that nearly took Bill’s life jolted us into recognition of the time not to waste. We each cleared our calendars in order to reunite for a weekend of sustained conversation and lengthy meals. These two friends have truly bracketed my life with their love and laughter.  

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