Wonder and Faith

“Faith is not fearful of reason.” —Pope Francis, in On Faith Every morning, I walk my son through the hallway of my school on his way to kindergarten next door. And often somewhere along the journey, he discovers a new machine that fascinates him. One morning, it was the printer. “Mom, what’s this white machine?” he […]

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Joy in the Lord

As a couple of lone parents settled in to watch their children’s swim lesson through the glass and perhaps catch up on social media, I sat down nearby with one of my four-year-old twins to wait for one brother’s lesson to end and his to begin. “Mommy, what’s that? There’s a white pole near the […]

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Educator’s Examen

Another one of my hats is as an educator. I was sitting in my office last Friday after the halls were finally quiet, and I thought a lot about how I had shown up or not shown up for students or fellow colleagues during the week. I asked myself some questions, and I thought those […]

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The Examen

Tonight I returned home after a retreat away from my family for a few days. As I picked up my boys from school, I tried my best to put my full attention on each of them. It was easy because I had missed them. But after many traditional work days, my attention can be fragmented. […]

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Why I write

When I was a senior in high school, I took a creative writing course. All semester, I crafted stories on paper and turned them in and then waited with trepidation for my grade. As each one came back with comments and suggestions and quite a bit of the infamous “red marks,”  I was repeatedly heartbroken […]

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Shining Like the Sun

Thomas Merton once had a revelation on a street corner in Louisville that made the love of God tangible, visible for him in every person he saw walking by. He reasoned, after this revelation, that it would be something very difficult to explain in words to those he encountered. He wrote: “There is no way […]

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