Our first reading from Acts of the Apostles has always been one of my favorites because of how the Holy Spirit arrives on the scene and solves the simple everyday problem of language barrier. With the Holy Spirit, the apostles’ job of spreading the Gospel becomes 1,000 times easier as everyone begins to hear them in their own language. One minute, they are struggling to tell people this great news they have to share, and the
Ever since the word “trigger” entered our common lexicon, I have struggled with it. Of course, I don’t want to unnecessarily bring up painful memories for other people, but it’s overwhelming for me to constantly avoid things that cause me distress. At a recent missions conference, I was challenged by the emcee to think differently about the triggers that might arise from the testimony of missionaries sharing their painful realities. Instead of avoiding discomfort, could I
I am not talking about the sadness I feel when my husband hurts my feelings; or because a friend has judged me; or even because a child I have disciplined (i.e., allowing the consequence of his own action be the teacher) is upset. These temporary moments of sadness have more to do with being self-preoccupied (how could he do that to me, why would she think that of me, I can’t stand to see her so
It’s Mother’s Day. I have quite a big day planned! First, I’m going to wake up before the first light of day to nurse the baby. Then, I will coax a toddler to eat something healthy. I will cook breakfast for the rest of the gangly bunch. I’ll try to bring order to chaos by finding clean clothes appropriate for the boys to wear to church, and I’ll even make an attempt at sneaking into the
This morning was shower day. I had been sitting in my chair in the living room waiting for our one bathroom to be free of other dirty bodies washing up. Nobody, I repeat, nobody needed me. Not a child in sight. As soon as the shower is free, I move in, get ready to assume the position (aka naked), and wouldn’t you know it, two of the three children have not only found me, they come into the bathroom with
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