ISIS, the Evil Simply Revealed

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No matter how I tried to write about the horrors in the Middle East, words failed me.  Still do. Those who suffered martyrdom as Christians faced the hard truth of evil, and the simple truth of the immediacy of Heaven. This video speaks volumes for those of us who cannot find words. Let us continue our [Read More...]

No Escape

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I don’t know how to manage this, how to process the intrusive images hammering my consciousness. Being prone to nightmares I am careful about what I read and watch. Having battled with PTSD—though I’m not so sure it can ever be said in a past-tense—I have been trained to recognize potential triggers and disarm anxieties. [Read More...]

Medicaid Burn: Spend Down What?

They called it “Spend-Down.” The Department of Human Services said this is how it works: “Some people have too much income to qualify for Medicaid. This amount is called excess income. Some of these people may qualify for Medicaid if they spend the excess income on medical bills first. This is called Spend Down” Disability [Read More...]

Peace Lilies

In the Adoration Chapel the lights are low. On the altar the oil candles flicker behind the gold monstrance, making the Blessed Sacrament appear opaque. I am soothed when here, comfortable and comforted. Usually I write when I come before Our Lord. There is a narrow table at the back of the chapel where I [Read More...]

Private Garden Prayers

Gardening at home is a private thing; it’s when I look really bad and after a lot of it, smell even worse. It is something I have always done alone…for more than the obvious above-mentioned reasons. It feels similar to being in the Adoration chapel, and a time of intimate conversation with God. In the [Read More...]

Migration

I feel like a little violet among the mighty oaks. I am delighted and honored to be a part of the Catholic Channel at Patheos. And thanks to Hillary, I have a lovely new banner. I would like to share with you this quote by Thomas Merton that I read each day before I begin [Read More...]


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