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Yearning for Peace: Teachings of Jesus and the Buddha

January 4, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 1. Our divided world thirsts for peace. Studying how two contemplatives — Jesus Christ and Buddha — proclaimed similar messages of peace will set us on a path to acceptance and harmony.

“The Anxiety of Saint Joseph” (L'anxiété de Saint Joseph), 1886-1894 by James Tissot in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

St. Joseph’s Challenge — Finding Hope in Uncertainty Part 3

December 7, 2020

By Kathy Keary
St. Joseph was challenged with uncertainty. As we conclude our Advent series, you are invited to use your imagination to walk in the shoes of Joseph. Allow Joseph’s story to speak to you.

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Our Challenge — Finding Hope in Uncertainty Part 1

November 23, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Activities that keep my mind focused on the present moment are lifesavers that not only relieve my mind of worries but seem to have a long-lasting calming effect and have increased my propensity to remain in the present moment.

Maintaining the Contemplative Life in a Divided World

November 16, 2020

By Kathy Keary
John’s Gospel tells us that they will know we are Jesus’ disciples “if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). It doesn’t say “if you love those with whom you agree.” This is a powerful statement in our divided country.

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Pray without Ceasing – Really? Part 3

November 9, 2020

By Kathy Keary
The God who is “nearer to me than I am to myself,” who knows my heart through and through, comforts my weary soul as if to say, “Be not afraid. I am with you always.”

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Pray without Ceasing — Really? Part 1

October 26, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Part 1 of 3. Writing to the Thessalonians, St. Paul challenges us to “pray without ceasing." Certainly, that does not mean that we are to be on our knees with hands folded and head bowed 24/7. So what does it mean?

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Stilling Your Soul in Troubled Times — Part 3

October 19, 2020

Experiencing difficulties coping these days? Drawing on the Paschal Mystery tradition can help us to own these emotions, and trust in the promise that "this too will pass." And personal growth will have likely occurred.

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Stilling Your Soul in Troubled Times — Part 2

October 12, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Part 2 of a 3-part series with ideas to ease stress, anxiety and depression in troubled times. Each of us also brought our own situations into mess that is 2020. Pre-existing dilemmas may be amplified by the challenges of today.

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Stilling Your Soul in Troubled Times — Part 1

October 5, 2020

By Kathy Keary
We can uplift our spirits during these trying time. Over the next few weeks, we will offer ideas to help relieve the burden of this time in our lives. These are not novel approaches but stand as a reminder that our wellbeing to a great extent rests in our hands.

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A Grace Filled Life: Creating Your Own Mission Statement

September 30, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Have you ever considered writing your own mission statement? Spiritual writer Marjorie J. Thompson says that a personal mission statement is a “way of ordering our lives to catch the wind of grace.”

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