Rwanda Journal #6: Arriving in Kigali, Rwanda

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Greetings from Kigali, the capital city of the country of Rwanda and our first destination after a very long day of travel. Praise be to God, our flights were completely uneventful. After a four hour layover in Ethiopia, I hit “the wall” — the lack of sleep [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #5: Addis Ababa Airport

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. As I write this, I’m sitting in Terminal 1 at Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia, waiting for our connecting flight to Kigali, Rwanda. Try as I might, I can’t truly get a fix on the time. My computer clock says 10:12 pm, which tells me that for [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #4: Catholic Relief Services Egan Orientation

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today started bright and early with a wake up call that roused me from a short but delicious sleep. Our hotel — the Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor — is only a few short blocks from the Catholic Relief Services headquarters. You can’t imagine my excitement when [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #3: Baltimore and Books

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Follow all of my Rwanda Journal posts here. Today was a full day of travel. And I’m only really just getting started. My alarm went off at 3:30 am Pacific time in Seattle… sufficient time for a shower, a quick kiss for my sleepy husband Greg (we said a proper goodbye last night) and a [Read More...]

Rwanda Journal #2: Packing and Planning

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Today I did something I haven’t done any time in recent memory: I turned on my email autoresponder. Why? I’m getting ready for my upcoming trip to Rwanda. I shared back in July that — much to my amazement and great joy — I had been selected as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services Egan [Read More...]

CFCA Saddened by President’s Sudden Death

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I was saddened yesterday to learn of the sudden passing of Bob Hentzen, one of the co-founders and the president of CFCA, the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. While I’ve obviously never met Bob in person, his vision and example of saying “Yes” to God’s call to serve the poor will leave a lasting [Read More...]

Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, MM — A New Saint in the Making

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio signs papers appointing a tribunal to deliberate the Cause for the Beatification of Father Vincent Capodanno on Oct. 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

From the Archdiocese for the Military Services, outstanding news on the opening of the Cause for Beatification of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, MM. Having recently read about Fr. Capodanno, I am now praying through his intercession on a regular basis.  Archbishop Broglio Solemnizes Cause for the Beatification of Father Vincent Capodanno, MM Makes public tribunal [Read More...]

Thanking God for Small Miracles: Thomas Peters Update

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Over on the update blog for our friend and fellow blogger American Papist Thomas Peters, we received a promising update today. Along with describing the developments in newlyweds Thomas and Natalie’s rehab and housing situation, a tiny glimmer of one of those developments we’ve been praying for: Lastly, yesterday Thomas began moving his entire left [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Message for Migrants and Refugees

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On January 19th, 2014 we will commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In advance of this event, Pope Francis has released the full text of his message for the annual event. I think my ears and heart are particularly open to this message of encouragement but also of urgent action. As I type [Read More...]

Giving: I Dare You to Watch This and Not Cry

It’s gone viral, with close to six million views since being published on Youtube on 9/11: Video Link I’ve been thinking today about why films like this that show the amazing capacity of simple acts of love and generosity are so incredibly compelling. How many times per day do we walk past opportunities to be [Read More...]


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