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How to Help Our Daughters Through Losses

Our daughters make this holy journey into womanhood whether we prepare them for it or not. And they will likely feel losses — lose friends, favorite aunts, fathers and mothers…

Death, Eucharistic Living, Freeze Frame, Heaven, Slow

Make Pearls

I sit with remains of the dead on Tuesday morning, them under snow, earth, me under hat, coat. February whispers between granite markers of faces gone. And along headstones of…

Death, Faith, Heaven, Memorization, Nature

Live Ready

1 Samuel 3:18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.” Psalm 116:15…

Death, Heaven, Joy Dares, Love

Healed Release

I touch him before sleeping. In the dark at day’s end, I draw close, lay head on his chest, press ear to the soft sounds of life swooshing through him….

Death, Faith, Freeze Frame, Out of the Mouths, Prayer

Fear of Dying

Her cry shatters morning. “I’m not going to die! I’m not!” She’s wild. From the kitchen I can hear her, hear that wild strangling in her voice, her frantic struggle….

Death, Freeze Frame, Joy, Quotes, Refiner's Fire

Jump

It is the third day of the new year, and I stand at the brink. I lean over the edge, lean into the crashing thunder, into the foaming, leaping white…

Death, Joy, Quotes

Eyes fixed on the Immortal

G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts on real living: “Walter Pater said that we were all under sentence of death, and the only course was to enjoy exquisite moments simply for those moments’…

Children, Death, Heaven, Joy

Seed Living

Part of this week’s prayers to Live! In the cool of the morning, before farmer husband leaves for wheat fields and combine harvest, I collect seeds. Black flecks of hope…

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