Desperate for Respite – Event for Families with Special Needs

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While this post is intended for our Des Moines area readers, I’m sharing it here because Joel and I so often hear from families with special needs who simply desire and need a bit more support from their local parishes. Collectively, there is a sense that our Church can and should do better. But how? It truly […]

Jesus Did Not Vanish Without Leaving a Trace

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When I received the email with the subject line, “CNN new original series ‘Finding Jesus’ blends science and archeology to offer fascinating insights into well-known biblical relics,” I assumed CNN was the acronym for the Christian News Network (or something like that) squeezed between EWTN and TBN on the basic cable package. Turns out CNN is […]

Join Me in this Lenten Google Hangout

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Pope Francis had fun with a Google+ hangout recently, why not me? And you, too! Please consider joining fellow CatholicMom.com contributors Lisa Hendey, Sarah A. Reinhard, Jared Dees and me next Monday (Presidents’ Day – 12PM eastern time/11AM central) as we participate in a hangout and explore ways to bring Lent to life in our […]

Wrestling with God and Myself

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What a privilege it was to write a reflection for the My Sisters the Saints book club over at CatholicMom.com. The book, written by Colleen Carroll Campbell, has really touched, comforted, and challenged me. In fact, the night after I finished reading Chapter Two, the chapter I was assigned to write about, I couldn’t sleep. I toss and […]

Blind Instruments

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The first reading from 1 Samuel 3:3-10 from Sunday’s Mass is one of my favorites in all of Scripture, probably because it motivates me to meditate on a question I perpetually wrestle with: Lord, what do you WANT from me, anyway? Speak. Just speak, Lord, and tell me. I’m listening. I often get so frustrated because it’s almost […]