Connected As One

Connected As One

Sunshine seemed to follow Grandmom Otti wherever she went. I thought she was born of royalty. She trimmed her Christmas tree with bright ornaments and real candles brought over from her home country. At nineteen years old grandmom migrated to the U.S. from Germany....
Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

As many times as I have been through the change of seasons, the whole process still fascinates me. The shifting hours of darkness and light. The change in the weather. The mystery of the journey of our one small planet in all the universe around the sun. December, in...
The Great Love

The Great Love

“Ubi caritas et amor, deus ibi est.”– 8th Century “Love abounds in all, from the depths exaltedand excelling over every star.Loving tenderness abounds for all,from the darkest to the most eminent one beyond the stars.”–Antiphon of the Holy Spirit/Divine...
Full of Grace

Full of Grace

Many Christian communities around the world annually observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. It is designated a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics. In 1854 Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception as an infallible dogma of the...
Advent Prayer

Advent Prayer

This prayer came to me several years ago as a gift. Some writing is like that, as if an angel is whispering the story into my ear, and I am taking dictation. This was a beautiful lesson to me that Christmas, and I have returned to it since as a reminder of that...
Cat Tales, Part 2

Cat Tales, Part 2

Several months ago, I wrote about my new roommate named Petey, an older feral cat. At some point his medical needs were obvious and he was provided with the care he required at the foster home before coming to live with me. When you were first introduced to Petey, I...

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