Off the Grid

   We will be making our way north today, hopefully arriving safely in Abiquiu.  There we will be off the grid.  I am hoping for a wonderful retreat!  I know Ron will be leading hikes and marshmallow roasts.  I plan to lead the pack toward getting lots of sleep!    Yesterday was the Feast of…

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Stranded and Loving It

   We have been at a Holiday Inn in Nowhere, NM, waiting out Storm Goliath.  I have loved it: sleeping 12 hours a night, swimming and using the hot tub, exercising, knitting, and not cooking. 🙂      My favorite moment was playing our new game, Say Anything.  The whole family was playing.  It’s a…

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Enjoying the Blizzard!

    We headed West, avoiding the tornados that hit Dallas. . . only to find ourselves right in the middle of Winter Storm Goliath!    We are stranded at a hotel in Clovis, New Mexico.  We are having a blast, playing in the snow and doing our new hop hop exercise videos (Ron’s gag…

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What a JOY!!!!

    We had such a joyful Christmas: Midnight Mass; Christmas dinner with smoked ribs, Ron Rombs style; lots of pies; an Advent tree that we never got around to re-decorating for Christmas; children squealing over ballet barres, Mission Impossible 5 and a subscription to the soccer channel; and LOTS of coffee for the parents. …

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The Spirit of Christmas

     How do you get into the spirit of Christmas?  How do you stay focused on the meaning of Christmas and not let the secular, social aspect of it dominate your experience of the season?     For me this year, the answer is to consider poverty.  I have areas of my life that are…

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Moms Changing the World

   Nine moms were sitting around Winnie’s kitchen table praying a rosary.  One mother of eight sat nursing her little girl, looking so tired but peaceful.  A mother of seven closed her eyes as she prayed, deep in concentration.  Her sixth has Downs Syndrome.  Yet another mother of eight, one of whom is severely autistic,…

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Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum

   Clare has amazing spunk and is determined to play basketball competitively.  She has just played her first ever basketball game!  She was really in the action!  Look at her steal the ball! Look at her be ready to receive the ball!     We got home and ordered pics like these from her first…

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Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday!

   It is the the third Sunday of Advent, called “Gaudete” Sunday.  “Gaudete” means “Rejoice!”All four readings are unspeakably wonderful!  Here are some snippets:“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Be glad and exult with all your heart!” (Zephaniah 3:14)“God is indeed my savior; I am confident and unafraid,” (Isaiah 12)“Have no anxiety at all, but…

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A Mother to the Rescue!

   It was such a joy to visit with Fr. Thomas Esposito last night at the Theology Department Christmas party!  He asked me what I am teaching next semester, and I said, “Epistemology.”  He said, “Wow, how did that happen?”  I explained that my department had forgotten to schedule an epistemology class, but the seminarians…

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

   Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!  Our Lady is arguably responsible for the end of the Aztec practice of human sacrifice in the 16th century and for the conversion of the vast majority of Aztecs to the Catholic faith.  Mexico is predominantly Catholic today because of Our Lady.  Our Lady’s sash is black,…

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