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Eileen Benthal

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

The soothing — yes, soothing — sound of my rooster’s morning call

There are lessons to be learned in the garden and even in the backyard chicken coop. While some may not appreciate being awakened by a crowing rooster at dawn, we all can relate to the struggle of finding our own voice and speaking up for another’s good will. 

It’s a beautiful life

It is possible to find contentment in life in any circumstances — happy or sad, easy or hard;  isolated or surrounded by family and friends. The secret is finding contentment within us rather than around us.

The egg: a symbol of life and redemption for Christians and Jews in this holy season

Living one’s life focused on a cure for disease can actually take away from living the life we are trying so desperately to prolong.

Spring advice: Take your time and bloom

As we all scramble to make up for time lost to the pandemic, give yourself permission to slow down and take care of yourself.

Awareness for the natural part of the human experience we label ‘disability’

There are two weeks left to National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, but we all have a lifetime to get to know people with disabilities.

Praying and fasting for peace

Pope Francis’ call to fast and pray rang like a clarion in the midst of the clamoring sounds of war.

How does one measure hope?

How can we measure something that extends beyond the realms of this world?

Appreciate the quiet stillness of a snow-covered world

With the snow comes a stillness that settles on us, and even in our souls. The world around us slows down to our pace, giving us time to breathe and appreciate the quiet on Jo’s farm. 

Finding serenity, even amidst the uncertainty and fear of a pandemic

Navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic with a medically fragile daughter at high risk for serious illness if infected by the coronavirus underscores the wisdom of the Serenity Prayer.
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We need to celebrate a little Christmas all year long

On the Feast of Epiphany, Eileen Benthal reflects on why, especially during these pandemic times, we need a little Christmas all year long.