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Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I remember telling my students, “It’s okay to read a book more than once.  In fact, it’s a good thing.”  We gain so much from a second reading.  We discover nuances we hadn’t read before, or we gain new insights into the author’s purpose.

The same is true of a good movie.  Do you have a favorite?  How often have you seen it?  I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’ve seen It’s a Wonderful Life! I cry every time and my enjoyment of it never seems to fade.

 
Enter Lent Slowly PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I just read somewhere that the word “Lent” comes from a word meaning spring.  I can see that!  Lent is a time for us to prepare to burst forth as true believers, as we follow Christ during His journey leading up to His death and Resurrection.

 
Inspiration PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

What is a source of inspiration to you?  Is it reading the Psalms?  Is it a beautiful piece of art?  Is it a Sunday homily?  Is it nature?  It may very well be all of the above.  I know that all of these things, on any given day, can provide me with consolation, peace, or opportunities for spiritual growth.

 
Believe! PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

I still have some vestiges of Christmas lingering in my office.  It’s not that I am too lazy to put them away.  I just want them visible for a little while longer---like the Tomie dePaola ornament of an angel in true dePaola style.  He is wearing a straw hat, has purple wings and green pants, and is holding a cat.  So Tomie!  There is the beautiful Millenium figurine of the Holy Family that Sister Helen, a dear friend, gave me.  It is all white and just lovely in its simplicity!  Finally, I have a plaque with “BELIEVE!” on my wall.  I think it’s a reminder that we are supposed to believe in the beauty and miracle of Christmas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:04
 
No Such Thing as Normal PDF Print E-mail

Happy New Year to all!

The ball has dropped, the toasts have been made and life is returning to normalcy.  It shouldn’t be, though!

After celebrating the beautiful season of Advent and experiencing the holiness of Christmas, there is no way we should be settling for “normalcy.”  What is normal, anyway?  Is it settling for the status quo?  Is it letting the beautiful lessons of this season just wash over us and leave no impact?  Is it putting away the Christmas decorations and closing those boxes while closing our minds too?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:03
 
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