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What I Learned About COVID 19 While in the Emergency Room

Here's what I learned about COVID 19 (the novel coronavirus) when I ended up in the local hospital emergency room this week. Coronavirus, or Going to the ER During a Pandemic Sometimes, I get really frustrated listening to the news and perusing social media. It seems as if everyone has a different opinion about the… Continue reading What I Learned About COVID 19 While in the Emergency Room

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Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Gift of Figs and Fig Trees

The first time I ate a fresh ripe fig, I was 28 years old and worked for a Manhattan financial service firm. One of my coworkers lived in Elmhurst, Queens, and he brought in fresh, ripe green figs, a variety called Italian Honey. Thus began my lifelong fascination with this ancient, keystone fruit. Fascination with… Continue reading The Gift of Figs and Fig Trees

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Holding the Father’s Hand – Salesian Thought

Trusting the will of God is an important aspect of Salesian thought. My morning meditation today came from the book Set Your Heart Free - 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher (St. Francis de Sales). I'll link to it at the end. Photo by S&B Vonlanthen on Unsplash Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me,… Continue reading Holding the Father’s Hand – Salesian Thought

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When St. Francis de Sales Found Me

What is Salesian spirituality? It's a life-changing spiritual approach that's part of the Catholic mystical tradition. It follows the direction of one of the doctors of the faith, St. Francis de Sales. He's my patron, my spiritual guide, my guru. And, not coincidently, he's the patron saint of writers. He chose me as his daughter… Continue reading When St. Francis de Sales Found Me