Palm Sunday

     “What’s the point of Palm Sunday?”  I asked my kids this morning.      “Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem!” one kid shouted.     “The people waved palms, as though Jesus was their king!” another announced.      “That’s right,” I said.   “But what about the fact that Jesus gets crucified, just days later?…

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Adolescent Girls

   Poor adolescent girls!  It is just so hard!   I picked Mary up from school, and she burst into tears when she sat down in the car.  I asked her what was wrong, and she said, “Nothing!”  I had to laugh.  Being 12 is just h.a.r.d.     Still seeming miserable, I told her, “I’m…

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Water Balloon of Throw Up

    Apparently, Jake just threw up so much all over his classroom, that the boys through someone had burst a water balloon!     Now I have to put my money where my mouth is.  Just this past Saturday, I held a retreat in my home for Catholic moms.  It was so much fun–so many…

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Inconstant Moods

What a passage this is!  This identifies what I am focusing on in terms of spiritual progress:      “How I fear when I see how inconstant I am.  I am now gay, now sad: today I am friendly with everyone, tomorrow I am like a hedgehog that no one can touch without being pricked….

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Spring Break with Clare and Sebastian

    Some of our kids have a stomach bug.  So sad!  So, determined to keep the baby–who had just recovered from being sick for a solid month when this bug hit our home–from catching it, I high-tailed it to a hotel!  Clare asked to come with me, and I said “Yes!”    Three days…

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Organizing Bookshelves

   How cathartic it was yesterday to spend my first whole day of spring break organizing all the books on our shelves!  They were in such disarray.  Oh, all that Christian spiritual literature in one place!  All the Greek philosophy, all the early Christian thought, all the medieval philosophy, all the fiction, all the history–each…

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Leigh’s Declaration

   With Mary off at school, we have all been pondering whether Clare and Leigh would like to go to school too, next year.  I am praying about it, and asking God to show me His plan for each of them.     Yesterday, Leigh announced with great sincerity, “I have decided that I want…

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Being Misunderstood

     One of my biggest challenges in life is being misunderstood.   It happened again recently: a friend insists that I said one thing, when I am sure I did not.  Having tried to correct her opinion, and seeing her continued insistence, my ego burns and my insides sting.  I just hate being thought…

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