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We never walk this way alone

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Personal suffering makes one relate to Mary's suffering as she grieved the death of her Son.

Things are not always as they seem

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People with visible and those with unseen disabilities, as well as those with no limitations at all exemplify that every life has meaning and purpose and the ability to bring hope.

In the horror on Ash Wednesday, a powerful symbol of hope

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I don’t know the story behind the woman marked with the sign of the cross, or the sobbing woman collapsed in her arms but I know the pain of grief and sorrow. And I know the sign on her forehead is our reason and the solution to have hope.

In the center of the most stressful life storm … remember to breathe

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Caring for the spirit is the real foundation of self-care: prayers of gratitude and surrender and remembering to breathe out the stress and breathe in the love of God.

Fast track to the edge of sanity: Life lessons in a home restoration

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While I couldn’t necessarily control the floods, the freezing temperature, the rodents and the raw sewage — or my laughter — I could control my response.

For the holidays, ‘home’ is where you make it so

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Whether in a hospital room, in borrowed lodging or at a friend's gravesite, being home for the holidays is being present to those we love. Column by Eileen Benthal.

Believe, because God has a plan

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Believing is a choice to persevere in the struggle and look beyond the dark clouds, searching for the silver lining and the starry night beyond.

The house that love built: a long-ago Christmas wish, fulfilled

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Eileen Benthal reflects on her longtime family home — and moving on: "God’s love endures and sustains us, especially when He asks us to get out of the boat, leave our home and take a walk of faith on the water."

The enlightenment of letting go

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Letting go of what I thought life should be means gratefully embracing what life really is.

What to do when prayers go unanswered: Keep praying

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God will always give us what we are really asking for — the wisdom to know that life is deeper than our answered prayers, that every life and trial holds a purpose and we are never alone in our struggles.
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