Monday, August 15, 2022

Guest Commentary

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Eucharistic Revival Series: The Living Presence

When I was in college, and before I became a religious Sister, I had a unique experience with faith. I was assigned to a special school that taught children with multiple disabilities.

Top Ten Ways to Open to the Holy Spirit: Practice Praise and Thanksgiving, and Desire the Inspirations

Once upon a time, a wealthy young couple in Italy during the 13th century was eagerly awaiting the birth of a child. The mother prepared the baby’s room and the father bragged that his child was going to be the best looking, most intelligent child in the kingdom.

Top Ten Ways to Open to the Holy Spirit: Refuse God Nothing, and Practice Obedience

Many years ago, when I was a novice, it was revealed to me that a former novice directress tested her novices about obedience. The novices, at the time, were studying the virtue and vow of obedience.

Top Ten Ways to Open to the Holy Spirit: Detachment and Abandonment

The following story was originally shared in my column in December 2020. I revisit it now as I continue my series on fostering the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Top Ten Ways to Open to the Holy Spirit: 8 and 7 and an ‘Impossible How-To’

One of the most fascinating aspects of my job is to figure out how to do something, and not just in the IT world. Even as a classroom teacher, I was constantly facing the question of how to teach a skill my students weren’t quite getting.

Top Ten Ways to Open Yourself to the Holy Spirit

I’m probably dating myself with this question: How many of you remember David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists? Honestly, I was not a regular watcher of the show, since it was on too late at night. But as I was doing some research for this article, I visited some of his Top Ten Lists on YouTube. He certainly had a sense of humor!

The Holy Spirit: Whispers in Our Day to Day Lives

I shared the following story in a past article, but it is worth repeating. Many years ago, I had the great privilege of witnessing an all-boys high school lyre ensemble perform for the middle school in which I found myself.

Exult in God’s Mercy!

Some time ago, a friend of mine had the amazing experience of chanting the Exsultet during the Easter Vigil. Different forms of this prayer have been sung during the Easter Vigil since the seventh century.

Bishop Gainer’s Easter Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. We hear these words this Easter during the Responsorial Psalm, yet, after this past year of living with the COVID-19 virus, rejoicing might be the last thing on our minds.

Self-Emptying Love

As I look at the blinking cursor, knowing what I want to write about, I realize that in the “library” of the happenings of my life, I don’t have a story to share this week.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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