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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 radical life lessons of the Sermon on the Mount guide us in the time of COVID

when it comes to the moral decisions of how to operate in society respecting others and living in personal freedom — I find wisdom in the simplicity of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”

An Independence Day reflection on the many different meanings of ‘independence’

People without disabilities or those who lack experience caring for someone with disabilities, struggle with understanding what independence means for people with special needs.

You can decide to be happy

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” -Jane Marczewski, aka Nightbirde.

Life lessons learned in 30 years of tending gardens

Gardening teaches us patience and determination as we learn to cooperate with both creation and the creator. There are many life lessons that can be learned and problems solved by working in the garden.

Vaccinated and masked: facing the ‘new normal’ with a compromised immune system

With the lifting of mask mandates for those who have been fully vaccinated, it’s nice to see people’s smiles. What’s not so nice is people’s decisions being so shrouded in controversy and judgment. This new phase is different for the immunocompromised. Respect that.

Grief observed: a very personal experience shared by all humanity

In between the loss and the remembrances of our eternal hope is this holy space we call grief.

In one woman, the embodiment of mercy, faith and victory

Eileen Benthal reflects on a friend's unwavering faith, exceptional compassion and ultimate victory in God's love.

Pandemic gave home worship new meaning

After the COVID pandemic shut down churches last year during Lent, churches and worshippers turned to online services. It was a lifeline for many.

Seek the heart and soul within

Whatever way families and others connect with people with developmental disabilities and brain injury, it’s important to remember they are people with hearts and souls, gifts and dreams.

COVID vaccine is a shot of hope for all, especially the medically fragile

The more research I did, the more I realized while it was important for my husband and me to get the vaccine, it was most important for my daughter to be vaccinated.