I had lunch recently with a friend, and as usual, my mind wandered off to all the things I had to get done that afternoon. Then she asked with a bright smile, “Have you prayed yet today? Can we pray together now?” Wham! And so we did, for about an hour, going through the day’s […]

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The Basics: Born August 22, 1891, in Italy; died October 31, 1930, in Kenya; beatified May 23, 2015; feast day, October 31. Woman religious and missionary. The Story: Talk about an adventure! Irene burned to become a missionary, but at times, it must have seemed an impossible dream. One of twelve children, she was not quite eight […]

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Note: On Tuesdays and some Sundays, you can find me at Your Daily Tripod, owned by my friend TonyD. A longer version of the post below appears there. We don’t know what we don’t know, and sometimes, we don’t know what we do know. Regardless of your political bent, it’s tempting to feel despondent about the […]

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An occasional series based on stuff that hangs in my room… or my heart. A friend of mine is fond of encouraging people never to turn down an opportunity unless it’s immoral or illegal. That philosophy has taken her to foreign countries on the spur of a moment, a geographic relocation, a very happy marriage, […]

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