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Two People On Sand

A priest friend of a friend once commented, “I could be a saint if it weren’t for the people!” I feel that way all the time. I’m so easily annoyed; it’s probably my worst personality defect. I’m like a grouchy old lady waiting to happen: just give me a cane and a rocker, and I’ll… [Continue Reading]

Of cat ownership and “little” sins

My post from Monday reminded me of a story that’s been in my “to write about” stack for than a year, yet another lesson along the s of “be very careful about not being loving at all times…” Longtime readers may remember that a couple years ago I had some serious angst about the… [Continue Reading]

Choosing patience

When we found out that all our paperwork was approved and we’d be hosting a Kidsave child this summer, one of the first things I thought was that I was going to have to work on patience. I had always thought of myself as a fairly patient mom, especially considering my circumstances with four kids… [Continue Reading]

The Saint Diet

This post is part of a series about re-thinking my relationship to food, which I call “The Saint Diet” to remind myself that the ultimate goal is deeper union with God. You can read all the posts on the subject here (scroll down to see them all). A couple weeks ago I was talking to… [Continue Reading]

It’s easy to love people far away

Earlier this week, I had a falling out with a relative. We haven’t spen since. I’ve been praying about this (though my prayers are admittedly along the s of “DID YOU SEE THAT?! I am NOT going to apologize. I did not do ANYTHING wrong…”), and I keep getting this nagging feeling that I’m supposed… [Continue Reading]

The story of a friendship

Remember the kids who were ringing my doorbell and running? They kept doing it. I talked to them about it again, as kindly and calmly as possible, and yet they kept at it, usually waking up my children and shattering my free time in the process. I’d been trying not to bring it up with… [Continue Reading]