Peace in a Dark World

One of my favorite memories of elementary school took place at the grand finale of a Christmas program. The lights in the auditorium turned off as each student turned on a flashlight.  (Mine came right from my dad’s tool drawer—one of those thick yellow handled ones, labeled with my name on a piece of masking …

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The Hope of a Barley Loaf

In planning with other parents for our upcoming homeschool co-op this fall, the consensus was that our little group would like to try a year of “skills based” co-op.  Parents were to brainstorm talents they might be able to teach.  Chess, ballroom dance, and sewing were some of the initial ideas thrown out. I left …

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The Double-Edged Sword of Hope: Exploring the Role of Hope in Our Lives

Section 2090 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church writes, When God reveals Himself and calls him, man cannot fully respond to the divine love by his own powers. He must hope that God will give him the capacity to love Him in return and to act in conformity with the commandments of charity. Hope …

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