Monthly Archives: November 2013

What Really Matters…

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Thanksgiving, of course, is tomorrow. And yes, I have to cook. And yes, I am a little stressed…family photo, family drama, and all the crazy little things that go with it. But tomorrow is also the day I married my best friend in the Catholic Church…he converted to Catholicism for me! That was two years ago on November 28 and I believe we have loved each other more each day ever since. So after we’re stuffed and trying to forget the less-than-tactful comment this one or that one made and everyone goes home, the two of us will have each other. And for that, I am most thankful! I believe as it says in the Bible, we were meant to marry. And as St. Paul says in Corinthians 1, “love is patient, love is kind…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

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All Work, No Play…

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…”makes Michele a dull girl,” as the saying goes. Last night I was reminded of this when my daughter burst into my room and playfully tackled me. I was in a grouchy mood after the daily grind and rebuffed her. I later regretted not taking a few minutes to “play” by roughhousing with her. (it’s rare when teens want your attention!) I fit a lot of obligations into my “free” time: riding kids, visiting colleges, working on my book…and feel guilty sometimes about spending time on pleasure. Hopefully I’ll remember this lesson and learn to “play” more (and actually lose the guilt and enjoy my free time). Life is short, and as Jesus says, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Wishing you joy today!

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Age…Just a Number!

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“You’re going to be a grandmother!” I’ll never forget when my son said those words about three months ago. “I’m not old enough!” was my first thought. (of course, I’m getting used to the idea and am looking forward to it now). Yesterday I heard famous fashion designer and Home Shopping Network star Diane Gilman speak at the Women’s Expo in Delaware. She gave me new hope that we can all achieve our dreams no matter how old we are – she’s 68 and is just now reaching the pinnacle of her success. I’m reminded of women in the Bible for whom all seemed hopeless (being childless in old age was a big deal back then) and then miracles happened – look at Sarah and Elizabeth! God’s time doesn’t go by ours sometimes – we just need to keep believing in Him and in ourselves!

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Build the Kingdom Here, Now

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Today’s Gospel about the one leper out of 10 giving thanks stops short of this passage immediately following: ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with signs
to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.’” Right here, right now. Starting with me, with you – as parents, workers, children, friends. I included this very sermon of Jesus in my newest novel, The Runaway Prophet, due out next year based on Jonah. It’s one of my favorites. I think Jesus is saying not only do we need to be the one among ten who gives thanks and has faith – we also need to build the Kingdom here – today, now. Start with a smile, a kind word or deed. You can make a difference!

 

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