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Spiritual Journey PDF Print E-mail

I encourage you to think about your spiritual journey.  Reflect on it.  Plan for it.  Be ready for it!By Pat Haggerty

My husband and I have been planning a trip abroad for almost a year.  Now, it’s almost here!  I marvel at the amount of time and preparation we have put into this trip.  My husband is very detail-oriented, so you can imagine what I have been through to finalize our plans.  It’s all good!  I need someone to keep me on task and help me prioritize.

As I put the finishing touches on our plans, it occurs to me that this journey can be analogous to the spiritual journey we travel every day.  How much time and preparation do we put into our journey toward Eternal Life?  We know we are supposed to be thoughtful travelers, caring travelers, and Christ-like travelers.  But, are we?

 
Network of Mutuality---Mystical Body of Christ PDF Print E-mail

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When I am not writing blogs or babysitting my grand-children, I serve as an educational consultant working with educators across the state.  August has been a busy month, because lots of school districts are trying to get in some professional development for their staff members before school starts.  In my work, I talk a lot about collaboration and risk-taking as necessary catalysts for school change.

When discussing the importance of collaboration, I often use a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is a very timely quote in light of the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.

 
It’s About Being Grounded PDF Print E-mail

By Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Pope Francis has come into our lives bringing with him a breath of fresh air.  He is forcing us to look at our Church in new ways and forcing us to face social justice issues.  He is showing us that life lived in a “simpler way” is the Christ-like way.  Gone are the majestic robes, the palatial living quarters, and those red shoes!

What does this tell us?  It tells us that we must look at life through a new lens---the lens of simplicity and meaning.  What is important?  Who is important?

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:54
 
Hospitality---the Ultimate Service PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Summer is a time for outdoor barbecues, family reunions, boat rides with friends and drinks on the porch.  It speaks to hanging out, just chilling and renewing connections with family and friends.  The above activities mean that we have slowed down enough to make connections with others.

 
Leave Room for God PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I went to a Catholic high school.  It was an all-girls’ high school.  Similarly, there was an all-boys’ Catholic High School in our town, too.  The boys’ high school would hold monthly dances in their gym, which were chaperoned by the teachers, many of whom were Christian brothers.  Whenever there were slow dances and couples might be dancing a bit too close (not me, of course!), the brothers would say “leave room for the Holy Ghost.”  Couples usually separated and maybe “got together” a few dances later.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:28
 
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