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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Marriage as a Covenant

Marriage as a Covenant

For your husband is your Maker; the LORD of hosts is his name, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5 I remember the first time I truly paid attention to the above verse from Isaiah. It was a Saturday afternoon. My...

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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...

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God’s Design for Marriage

God’s Design for Marriage

    God’s design for marriage was first recorded in the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Adam was living happily in the garden of eternal life. Our Lord saw that Adam needed a wife. So while sleeping, as if in a dream, Eve appeared to Adam. He instantly...

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Love Is the Answer to Human Existence

Love Is the Answer to Human Existence

   From the first moment of existence, the human being depends on love for survival. In fact, a baby comes into being because of the love that exists between its mother and father. As the baby grows within the womb, so does love. The discomfort of...

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United and Self-Actualized

United and Self-Actualized

    I believe that to be self-actualized, the person has to be united in love with every aspect of who he or she is. Each one of us is made of many different parts, a band of personalities. The unconscious and subconscious is full of characters that pop up...

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Heaven and Eternal Life

Heaven and Eternal Life

When confronting our own mortality or when grieving the death of a loved one, thoughts of the kingdom of heaven can give us some solace. Only our immortal God can promise eternal life. And for me, only the Gospel of John thoroughly describes Our Lord.  In...

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