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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Five things a heat wave teaches us
Ella Fitzgerald has been singing in my head all weekend. “We’re having a heat wave –a tropical heat wave. The temperature’s rising, It isn’t surprising….” Meteorologists say there is a dome of high pressure over the United States, making us feel like we are in a pressure cooker.
Feeling the heat, but having reason for hope
‘Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” Mark Twain famously said. With the intense heat of the past week, I suspect more than a few of us wished we could do something about it as going outside for even a moment has been uncomfortable.
Five (plus two) more ways to have a heart (like unto His)
I know that five plus two is actually seven, but I am stuck on the "list of five" theme, and I can’t break a streak. In a recent issue of the
, I listed the first five of Jesus’s 12 promises given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to those who honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
After graduation, cancer survivor Joey Norris returns to thank team at Children’s Hospital
On the day of his graduation from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Joey Norris once again walked the halls of Children’s National National Health System in a gown – only this time it was with a cap on his head and a diploma in his hand.
‘Me Before You’ or You Before Me?
Louisa Clark looks in the eyes of the stubborn man she has come to love, the incredibly handsome and ambitious Will Traynor, and tearfully whispers, “Tell me something good.” He had once asked her the same weighty question, only under slightly happier circumstances.
Opinion: Is Georgetown a nourishing mother or not?
I was saddened to follow the controversy of my alma mater Georgetown University and its invitation to the president of Planned Parenthood to speak. It was doubly saddening to read recently in Georgetown’s student newspaper an
article written by a senior
who, after becoming a mother, decided to end her child’s life by abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility.
5 ways to have a heart (like unto His)!
In the not so distant past it was common for brides being married in May to have their bridesmaids wear blue to honor the Blessed Mother and in June for them to wear red to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. June is when the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, and so it is fitting that in this month we remember in a special way Jesus’ Sacred Heart, even if we are not a bridesmaid.
Five reasons to sign my petition for the Holy Spirit
I am thinking about starting a petition on behalf of the Holy Spirit. Okay, I realize that God does not need help from me, but I think the Holy Spirit gets the short end of the liturgical stick. Christmas gets a season. Easter gets it seven weeks to celebrate. The Holy Spirit gets one day, Pentecost.
Young woman’s life and family’s love spurred founding of Potomac Community Resources
The “yes” of a family, a priest, a group of parents and a parish in 1994 helped launch Potomac Community Resources, an award-winning outreach for teens and adults with developmental differences that has been replicated throughout the Washington area and that organizers hope will become a nationwide model for church and community outreach to children with special needs and their families.
My friend’s one-word advice for Lent
Let’s strive for a strong finish to Lent. I would suggest that we keep our Lenten goals realistic. We don’t need to aim for the extraordinary, but as so many others have said, we should try to do the ordinary things in extraordinary ways – or do small things with great love, as Mother Teresa put it.
Five in-between Stations of the Cross
Way of the Cross
is one of my favorite devotions. It uses the imagination. You can get up and walk around. It is perfect for an easily distracted prayer like me. One thing I especially like is the small space between each station. As you walk from one moment in our Lord’s passion to the next, you have time to think about how it applies to your life specifically.
5 ways to have a M.E.R.C.Y.-ful Lent
This is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, so I decided to get creative and make this a Lent that’s all about mercy. To start, let’s turn mercy into an acronym and find five ways to have a M.E.R.C.Y.-ful Lent.
Mercy in Our Lenten Journeys
It feels as if we just got the Christmas decorations put away, and here we are in Lent already. Easter is about as early as it can get (March 27), so Ash Wednesday came six-and-a-half weeks after Christmas Day and only a month after the end of the Christmas liturgical season.
Insight: Reflections of a spouse about love and incurable illness
There is a special torment experienced by those who watch a loved-one suffer. To see disease rack their bodies, and souls, increases the sum total of suffering ... because I suffer too. I believe it is harder to watch degenerative disability torture and break my loved-one, than to actually suffer the disease.
Five lessons from losing
I never liked the poem
Casey at the Bat
. [Spoiler Alert! Casey strikes out.] I hate losing. So when the Redskins lost in the first playoff game after a standout season, I joined the rest of the town in our collective sad sigh. The deflation that comes from loss hurts, but it’s at times like these that we can remember there are true blessings to be found from the disappointments in our lives. Here are my five lessons from losing.
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