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Marcia Morrissey
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"Marcia Morrissey is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  She grew up in Southern California, where attended CSU Long Beach and later trained as a Montessori Teacher in San Diego.  Despite losing her sight in her early 20's, she has continued to work with children, on and off, ever since.  Her husband, Ed, is a writer for hotair.com, and does a daily internet talk show as well as the Northern Alliance Radio program on AM 1280 The Patriot on Saturday afternoons.  She and Ed are the president couple of Twin Cities Marriage Encounter, and have been a team couple since 1999. They are blessed with a son, a daughter-in-law and two sweet grandchildren.

Works by Marcia Morrissey
From Life, Through Death, To Life
Marcia Morrissey | January 14, 2011
Since my near-death experience, I know without a doubt that what awaits those who......
To Sit in the Breeze of an Autumn Day
Marcia Morrissey | September 29, 2011
The Holy Spirit moves like a breeze in the leaves and calls us to find ways to serve Him......
Give Thanks in All Circumstances
Marcia Morrissey | November 26, 2010
It seems like God has used the hardest experiences in my life to bring me the greatest......
The Reunion Awaits
Marcia Morrissey | April 19, 2012
Age and illness make us aware of how life will end. But the end is just a beginning....
God's Open Secret
Marcia Morrissey | February 18, 2011
Even when we have been hurt, and have been made vulnerable, even when what lies before......
The Lord of All Our Trying
Marcia Morrissey | January 07, 2011
The Lord doesn't ask me to be a wine maker, just His obedient servant, trusting Him, and......
Anchored in Trust, Say Yes to the Tide
Marcia Morrissey | April 07, 2011
Our destination is the eternal shoreline where we drop anchor to land safely -- our......
The Toxic Haunting
Marcia Morrissey | October 27, 2011
There's nothing fun about voices that seem to come at you out of thin air....
Manna from Minnesota: Feed My Starving Children
Marcia Morrissey | October 13, 2011
Packing specially formulated food meant to save the lives of starving children, a......
Eucharist Among the Brambles
Marcia Morrissey | May 10, 2012
Vines and branches, bread and wine, prayers and processes amid the Body of Christ....
Hoist that Lantern; Shake that Salt!
Marcia Morrissey | February 04, 2011
It's easy to be merciful to those we love, but we're called to be salt shakers and......
Broken and Mended on Valentine's Day
Marcia Morrissey | February 11, 2011
Heart calls to Heart on Valentine's Day, and what is broken becomes healed....
The Insidious Blip of Abortion
Marcia Morrissey | January 21, 2011
The rhetoric of abortion creates an insidious blip in the consciousness of women facing......
Signs and Serendipity
Marcia Morrissey | September 22, 2011
A chance encounter reminds us that God prepares us for many things, if we're paying......
The Beatification: Intimacy Amid the Millions
Marcia Morrissey | May 12, 2011
Participating in a ceremony involving millions, an intimate little "chapel" of faith......
Palm Sunday: Looking at Jesus and Mary and Ourselves
Marcia Morrissey | April 14, 2011
A childhood fascination with the suffering images of Jesus and his mother, Mary, feeds......
Divine Mercy and the God Who Suffers
Marcia Morrissey | April 28, 2011
A faith journey in a moment of crisis finds consolation, understanding and wonder in the......
Ten Steps to a Better Thanksgiving
Marcia Morrissey | November 23, 2011
Feeling like you can't find anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving? Here's how to......
Transition: Closed Doors and New Openings
Marcia Morrissey | July 21, 2011
Economic hard times and unemployment sometimes force our hands and send us where we......
Communication or a Reasonable Facsimile?
Marcia Morrissey | June 16, 2011
We are surrounded by a moveable feast of fast, portable communications devices, but are......
Breathe!: The Holy Spirit Moves on the Air
Marcia Morrissey | June 09, 2011
At Pentecost, Christ breathed on the apostles and they received the Holy Spirit. Like......
Serving Life Is Serving Love
Marcia Morrissey | January 20, 2012
Being pro-life is not about being judgmental. It is about being compassionate....
The "Mary" Prayer that Points to Jesus
Marcia Morrissey | December 16, 2011
The Mysteries of the Rosary bring our meditations into profound intimacy with the life......
Memory and the Twelfth of Never
Marcia Morrissey | September 08, 2011
A weekend of mourning reminds us that love lives on in the hearts of those who remain,......
In Busy Rome, Quiet Time with God
Marcia Morrissey | May 26, 2011
While the Eternal City was packed with pilgrims, the writer found God in the music of......
A Capital Fourth of July
Marcia Morrissey | June 30, 2011
Touring Washington, D.C., is a reminder that our liberties were won through continual......
The Battle for Life Goes On
Marcia Morrissey | October 06, 2011
As abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry "at an astronomical pace," and......
Scraping Away Repression to Find Spilled Blood
Marcia Morrissey | March 18, 2011
A spiritual pilgrimage to Russia teaches us about restoration, forgiveness, redemption,......
Modeling the Gospel Way
Marcia Morrissey | March 15, 2012
We best teach our kids the Gospel when we allow them to witness just how much their own......
Switching Gears as Christmas Nears
Marcia Morrissey | December 16, 2010
Advent is like a pregnancy: toward its end there is that flurry of movement, and then .......
Faith, Marriage, and the Holy Communion
Marcia Morrissey | May 24, 2012
Marcia Morrissey writes about her husband's first experience as an Extraordinary......
Good Friday: Life Is not Fair
Marcia Morrissey | April 05, 2012
So often our challenges seem disproportionate and "unfair." But what is asked of us in......
The Light of the World Is Coming
Marcia Morrissey | December 09, 2011
How we are inviting the light of Christ to shine on our family during Advent....
Everyday Rapture
Marcia Morrissey | May 19, 2011
Some are convinced that The Rapture will occur on May 21, 2011. But days and hours are......
Prayer Before Battle in the Leyte Gulf
Marcia Morrissey | November 11, 2011
Told "you're on your own" in the face of enemy power, some Navy seamen turned to prayer......
Forgiveness Brings Healing Like Nothing Else
Marcia Morrissey | July 14, 2011
Your forgiveness costs nothing but the pain you've been holding on to and letting own......
Being There: It's Enough
Marcia Morrissey | June 23, 2011
Sometimes the most valuable and life-changing gift you can give anyone is the right......
Walnuts and Rice: Prayer in Real Life
Marcia Morrissey | March 31, 2011
Prayer is the easiest part of multi-tasking, and the most portable of chapels. Just......
Triumph and Trust at Ground Zero
Marcia Morrissey | August 18, 2011
As the dreadful anniversary approaches, recalling the 9/11 heroism of a Guide Dog, named......
Strangers on a Chain
Marcia Morrissey | August 25, 2011
After years of medical challenges and fears, a family gathers together with the......
Lenten Spring: New Growth in the Son
Marcia Morrissey | March 11, 2011
Lenten meditation helps us to understand God and ourselves, and to accrue new and better......
Alms Are the Arms of Christ
Marcia Morrissey | March 24, 2011
Whether our alms are checks, or meals, or vital organs, or prayers our reaching out is......
Bringing Our Own Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Marcia Morrissey | January 06, 2012
I resolved to ask myself every morning what gifts can I bring to Him in my life today?...
Keep Laughing, Keep Listening, Keep Loving
Marcia Morrissey | April 26, 2012
When you are blind, news that your hearing is going away is an invitation to rely more......
Bl. Teresa: A Light in Darkness, Shining Bright
Marcia Morrissey | September 01, 2011
Decades of spiritual dryness did not stop Mother Teresa from believing and moving......
The Easter Sunrise of My New Life
Marcia Morrissey | April 21, 2011
Imagine waking up in time to see the sunrise at Easter, and receiving the news of your......
Giving Charity, Giving Respect
Marcia Morrissey | July 07, 2011
Help isn't always easy to accept, especially if you're the self-reliant type....
Breivik's Distorted "Agnostic Christianity"
Marcia Morrissey | July 28, 2011
Anders Behring Breivik wants to justify his chaotic evil with a mad idea of "cultural"......
The Mission Is Down Here, In Your Life!
Marcia Morrissey | June 02, 2011
Jesus may have ascended, but the mission is down here, where you are and suited to your......
Sufficient Grace; Medicine for Hope
Marcia Morrissey | March 04, 2011
"Super Blind Woman" is an amusing thought, but in truth, a slow, steady attentiveness......
The Conscience and the Examen
Marcia Morrissey | February 03, 2012
Recent decisions in Washington have pundits and clergy talking about the "conscience."......
Preparing a Place for Others
Marcia Morrissey | December 03, 2010
With all the Christmas gift buying, and commercial craziness of this time of year it is......
Times, Seasons, and the Choreography of Transition
Marcia Morrissey | February 25, 2011
God's exquisite timing and promise seen through the song of a bird and the last beat of......
Body and Blood: Christ, the Universal Recipient
Marcia Morrissey | January 28, 2011
Pondering the Holy Eucharist, and how Jesus was never more misunderstood than when he......
What Does God Really Look Like?
Marcia Morrissey | November 03, 2010
I really don't have to know what God really looks like now. I know, love, and have an......
The Sighted Guide
Marcia Morrissey | November 19, 2010
I let go, and give this to you. If you can use me as a blind person, then here I am.......
Less Later, More Now!
Marcia Morrissey | December 10, 2010
The Lord is our hope -- He is the source of our joy, even when things may not be exactly......