Sunday Snippets and Gratitude List

It’s time for another roundup of Catholic bloggers over at This That and the Other Thing. Hop on over and join us! My contributions for this week: I’m including my 7 Quick Takes b/c there’s a reference to a shout-out by the Denver Redemptorists, calling for Catholic moms’ opinions on St. Gerard Majella. “Mama’s On…

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Let Everything That Has Breath (or: Beating a Dead Horse)

Just before my alarm went off, 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, I had the most amazing dream. We were attending Mass at the Newman Center, and singing the new Mass parts. They were chants, as a matter of fact, but the most gorgeous, melodic chants I’d ever heard, and expanded into gorgeously rich harmony…

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Early Spring in the Woods

On Julianna’s birthday, Alex came home from school in great excitement. “My teacher said there was going to be an early spring!” he exclaimed. We tried to moderate his certainty, but how do you explain to a five-year-old that the groundhog is a publicity stunt? When I get up to walk on Sunday morning, it’s…

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Existing in the Moment

It’s easier to be thankful in the crisis moments. Crises burn all the pettiness out of life. During them, you really exist in the present. You stop getting angry because the dishes aren’t done and the city didn’t plow your street properly, and your brain hums with awareness of all that is good about the…

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Multitude Monday

After spending an entire week focused on infertility, my brain has been having trouble grinding into gear, casting about for topics for the coming week—and in particular, a topic to anchor my Monday morning gratitude post. Do I focus on the conference we attended this weekend? On visits with friends and family? On the bizarre waking nightmare…

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Sunday Snippets, and Gratitude

Normally I wouldn’t combine posts like this, but I’m planning several days on the topic of infertility starting Monday, and I don’t want to neglect my newfound commitment to searching for the gratitude moments in life. So I’m going to combine that into my Sunday Snippets post today. Welcome to all those coming from Ruth’s…

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Here And Now

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau There are times in life when every word I read seems to be a message from Heaven hammering home a single point. The last two weeks or so have…

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Confessions of an Advent Zombie

It seems ironic to me that in this season of Advent—the Advent I’ve spent two years preparing for, the one in which I’m doing four radio interviews, four periodical interviews, countless blog entries, and five book signings to help families move toward a less crazed, more relaxing, and holy Advent season—that in this season, it…

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Confessions of a High School Misfit

I have a dirty little secret to share. Brace yourself. Are you ready? I was not popular in high school. Yes, it’s shocking, I know. Often when I’m out and about, this little fantasy plays out in my mind. Kind of an embarrassing one to admit, for someone who likes to think of herself as…

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Little Graces

It’s been a weekend (and a week) of little graces, none of which lend themselves to lengthy prose, so I’ll just list them here today. …a 4-year-old friend, whose display of bicycle prowess led Alex to ask us if he could drop the training wheels… …and ask Daddy to let go …a Friday night date…

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