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Eileen Benthal

Eileen Benthal
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Eileen is a writer, speaker and wellness coach with a bachelor’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. She and her husband Steve live in Jamesport and have four young adult children. Email Eileen

Be still and find peace in chaos

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There is something to taking the time to pray just before dawn. As the darkness yields to the light, the Spirit illuminates my mind, heart, and soul — giving me strength for the day.

There is light in the darkness of a strange, dark year

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A reflection on Christmas during the pandemic, from the vantage point of a NYC hospital room.

What are you waiting for?

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Reflections on waiting: the season of Advent in the time of the pandemic.

Thanksgiving: a time for reflection, gratitude and hope

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The mystery and the magic of the Thanksgiving holiday is the gift of gratitude.

It’s up to us to choose unity over division

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Whether or not we are a divided nation does not depend on who is the president; it depends on us. Let’s do this and come together. No matter who leads the nation, we lead at home and by example as we practice kindness and respect for others.

Believe in the impossible and protect the vulnerable

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Let's love one another enough to respect personal freedom and make personal decisions that protect the vulnerable.

More than ever, this is a time for prayer

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As Election Day approaches and the din of hyper-partisan arguments ratchets up, we can choose a different approach.

Can America regain the unity that prevailed after Sept. 11, 2001?

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Here we are again, some 19 years later, and our lives were paused once again as an unseen enemy brought death to our communities, our neighbors and even to our family members’ doors. But our nation’s response has changed. Instead of a nation united in searching for a cure against an enemy virus; we are divided in political camps and words and actions filled with hate.

This time of pause offers a chance to reconnect with yourself, your family and God

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If you’ve lost touch with your faith, maybe now is the best time to come home. Though our dealings in the larger community may still be at a distance, God is never far away and always ready to say, “Welcome home.” 

One day at a time takes on new meaning in pandemic life

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“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
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