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    Small Changes for a Big Year: Choose Silence

    Editor’s note: This week we’ve invited our dotMagis bloggers to reflect on small changes for a big year. What if a new year wasn’t about...
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    Bethlehem Moments

    I settled into the chair in the little wallpapered room and admired the candlelit crèche. While I gathered my thoughts, my spiritual director excused...
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    Faith-Filled Waiting

    God is teaching me the difference between worldly waiting and faith-filled waiting. I was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary condition that could eventually be life-threatening....
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    Silent Prayer in Advent

    Many Advent hymns feature the idea of silence: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent,” or, “My Soul in Stillness Waits.” And then there is...
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    Imperfect but Hopeful

    I walked into the Sunday evening Mass a few weeks ago with quite the ragtag group of little boys. I had been in and...
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    Savoring the Season

    The crisp morning air greets me as I rush out the door. Gentle rays of sunlight bounce off yellow-draped trees. Fallen leaves crunch underfoot,...
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    Gratitude Leads to Generosity

    When we develop an outlook of gratitude, we train ourselves to perceive the world in terms of abundance rather than scarcity. I am grateful...
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    How Do You Want Others to Remember You?

    Let’s consider our own legacy—what people will remember about us when we’re gone. You might need pen and paper for this. If you died today,...
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    Shining in Their Smiles

    I consider one of the greatest blessings I have right now to be watching my three little boys grow up. And it is a...
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    Making Friends

    My son began attending a new school this month. As we pulled up to the front entrance, he was wondering aloud whom he would...