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Being a Little Christ

The daily trials are so intense.  Standing in line at an Italian government agency, an old lady shouts on and on at an official and he just looks away and ignores her. Losing days to Covid, to tax concerns, to quarantine. Separated from loved ones. Relegated to Italian internet which just does not work. Relegated…

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Audio Retreat

Every mother needs time to herself: time to reset, refocus, recharge. The mothers’ ministry, Mighty Is Her Call, has always offered in-person retreats. But now it is launching it’s first-ever self-guided retreat. All it takes is downloading the retreat, finding 1.5 hours to be by yourself in a quiet chapel, park, or room, and pressing “play.”…

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Jesus and Mary

If a Protestant asked me, “Why do you love and honor Mary? Isn’t that taking away from your love for Jesus?” I would say, “Don’t you believe in having a personal relationship with Jesus? How better to improve upon accepting a Christian ideology to developing a person-to-person love for him?” Drawing close to Mary is…

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Motherhood: The Call is Mighty

Here is my post from Holy Saturday published on the blog of the mother’s ministry I love so much, Mighty Is Her Call. If you are a mother, I hope it speaks to you. If you are not, I pray it helps you better understand and appreciate the mothers in your life.  This beautiful ministry has…

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Easter Movie

      As part of my goal of discovering 52 new movies in 2021, I have found a good one that is suitable for Easter season! It is called Son of God. While it is not theologically perfect, it does capture well who Jesus of Nazareth was and the beauty of his gift to…

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Thriving the Last Weeks of Winter

Thriving the Last Weeks of Winter

How do you get through a cold and depressing winter? Our answer this year: citrus! Oh my goodness, we go through bags and bags of oranges! We started making homemade orange juice and it has been like medicine to the soul. And we learned to make key lime pie! 

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Another Lockdown

In response to the new “UK” variant of Covid, that is more contagious and even more deadly, Europe is locking down, and Italy is no exception. All schools went back online, including the youngest grades. One year after the first lockdown, we are still in lockdown!  One perk about this very hard situation is we…

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Zip Line!

 We had a blast with our friends the Sittas going to a kids’ adventure park. The zip lines were a big favorite! Here is a link to a short clip of our fun: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UMsG5bnEH5ZTCP7ShT8uZiOebOB07Dwa/view?usp=sharing

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Daily Miracles

 Today I was suddenly struck by the awareness: I am so grateful that I am a Christian. Awed and amazed, I welled up with rejoicing the rest of the day.  I had been quite upset about an interaction. It made me afraid and anxious. . . generally disturbed to the core. How long would I be…

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