Call to compassion

Yes, we encounter pain and suffering on earth, but we walk with one another, and God is with us every step along the way.
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What happened when we put all our prayers in one basket for Lent

If I were getting graded on how I’ve done this Lent, I am not sure I would pass.Maybe that’s why I am especially grateful for the prayer basket we filled with intentions before Lent even began.Every morning we’ve pulled out a name for our intention of the day. We’ve prayed for
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With a Peep Peep here, and a Peep Peep there: An Easter-themed snack for a Cub Scouts meeting

For weeks our first grader has been reminding me that soon it would be our turn to bring the snack to Cub Scouts. I haven’t focused much on it, but he has been taking it very seriously.Our turn came the Wednesday before Easter—Spy Wednesday—so I suggested we should bring pretzels.
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As my goddaughter turns 1…

One year ago I drove to the hospital to hold my niece for the first time. She was precious and sweet and snuggly and warm.This weekend we celebrated her first birthday. Throughout her party, she was laughing and crawling and bouncing and reaching over to give her big sister a
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Answered prayers (or the story of a missing watch)

Every day during Lent we pull a slip of paper out of our prayer basket and read the name of the person or people listed there.We’ve prayed for cousins and grandparents, deceased family members and living friends. We share stories about the people we’re praying for, and—when I think of
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Never too old for bedtime kiss

This Lenten season, as we fast and serve and pray, I hope we can try to find moments just to be with God.
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What we found when we went birthday gift shopping

If ever there were an aunt who deserves to be celebrated, it’s Aunt Shai. She gives her nieces and nephews her undivided attention, plays with them for hours, reads to them, and teaches them how to make up stories with their toys.So even though it wasn’t clear that she wanted
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A warm welcome at Mass

I’ve never paid much attention to what greeters do before Mass. I always smile at them and say hello, maybe compliment a scarf or comment on the weather. Still, I hadn’t really considered it a significant job.At our parish’s Scout Mass this week, though, Daniel was a greeter, and he
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Guess who’s turning 5: A birthday for the blog

When The Catholic Review asked me to blog for them back in 2012, I had been writing a personal blog for a few years. Starting this blog, Open Window, seemed like a good opportunity to try something different. I liked the idea of writing about faith and sharing our journey
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Why we’re laughing at the BBC interview with Professor Robert Kelly

When I was watching the footage of the BBC interview with Professor Robert Kelly, and his daughter came dancing into the room—followed by her baby brother in a walker—I couldn’t help but laugh. But I wasn’t laughing at his predicament, or his wife’s, as she swoops in to scoop up
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Books on mice are twice as nice as having houses full of mice: children’s books about mice

 We have a mouse—or maybe we have mice—scampering through our house in broad daylight, without a care in the world, happy as can be. The traps are apparently no trouble to avoid, the treats in the traps are apparently not appealing at all, and every day I am able to
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