Through Darkness Comes Light

Through Darkness Comes Light

It is a long story how I came to lead a road trip through five countries in Central Europe. The passengers who talked me into the adventure were my then 12 year-old daughter Joy, her good friend, my mother, and my older daughter’s friend. We were five women driving...
Discerning the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Discerning the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I was baptized and confirmed as an infant. At age seven, I received Communion and was fully initiated into the church. That was many decades ago. Presently, our children are given more choices. “It’s the new curriculum,” my grandson explains. He is learning about...
Building a Spiritual Family

Building a Spiritual Family

I’m grateful to be a Catholic woman from El Salvador who was destined to form her family with an Indonesian man who was raised in a Muslim culture. Through our children’s schools, we developed lifelong friendships with a diverse group of folk—refugees from Laos or...
A Reflection on the Sanctity of Marriage

A Reflection on the Sanctity of Marriage

Growing up as a Roman Catholic, I learned there are two sacraments of service: the priesthood and holy matrimony between a man and a woman, who are both baptized and in full communion with the church. It was easy for me to understand the sacredness of a priest’s...
Life’s Everyday Blessings

Life’s Everyday Blessings

I remember when my mom got me my first savings account. I was only six years old, and we had recently moved to the US from El Salvador in Central America. At that young age, I was already learning to count my pennies and also my blessings. Twelve years later, I was...

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