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Thanks for the memories

Thanks for the memories Back in December of 1984 I was a 34-year-old wife and the mother of two young children when I spotted a notice in my parish bulletin. It said that there was a part-time job opening for a writer at The Message. As I sat in my church pew, I said to myself, “I can do that!” The next day I...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In His Hands

In His Hands We battled a blizzard, a snowstorm and then pea-sized hail as we drove south through the state of Arizona last month to see our daughter.   It was one of those trips that started out well, with our spirits high.   It was going to be the first time in a while that my daughter’s famil...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Guide in the storm

The Guide in the storm SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/timlilley/Desktop/UPDATE_11_27_site/STORY p04 Grace Notes 11-27-15.doc I was in a cocoon of sleep yet starting to rouse for the day when my Golden Retriever, Molly, started pacing in our motel room. My husband, Steve, and I were spending the night in Gallup, N.M., o...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Want nothing

Want nothing Have you ever thought about the difference that a three-letter word can make in a sentence … or in your life? Think about these phrases: Want for nothing – OR want nothing. As parents and grandparents we work very hard to make sure that our children and our grandchildren want for nothin...
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Monday, November 09, 2015

Martha or Mary?

Martha or Mary?   Have you ever been heading out the door to a meeting on a gray and rainy day when you learned it was cancelled? If you have, then you know that disappointment can turn to glee when you realize you have a couple of hours of unscheduled time. Suddenly, you have a decision to make. Will it be a...
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Elevating the care of the handicapped

Elevating the care of the handicapped Wow! I feel like I just finished a six-day retreat. The topic was “The Least of These My Brothers,” and the presider was Pope Francis. I don’t know about you, but I’m an experiential learner; and the pope certainly was an excellent teacher. During his visit to the United Sta...
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Forgiveness offers freedom from bondage

Forgiveness offers freedom from bondage   Sometimes the idea of forgiveness is as scary as diving into a deep, dark pool. Nigerian Sister Francisca Nzeke is sure of it. She’s a member of the Handmaids of the Holy Child, and she’s currently doing post-doctorate work in clinical psychology at St. Mary’s Hospital in E...
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Monday, September 28, 2015


Whack-a-mole   Did you ever play a game of whack-a-mole? It’s an arcade game. To play, you hold a mallet and try to hit toy moles — which appear at random — and force them back down into their holes. I haven’t actually played a real game of whack-a-mole, but this summer I felt like...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

'It was like world peace'

'It was like world peace' So a priest, a rabbi and an imam walk into a….   More on that later.   When I was a teenager, my dad taught pharmacology at the I.U. Medical School in Indianapolis. Part of his job included working with graduate students in the Toxicology Department.   In the summer of 1967, I...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jaya: her gift is reverence

Jaya: her gift is reverence   More than a few years ago, Bishop John McRaith of the Diocese of Owensboro led a day of prayer for employees at the Diocese of Evansville Catholic Center, and one of his comments has stayed with me. He talked about the different gifts offered by Irish Catholics and German Catholics and Itali...
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Monday, June 22, 2015