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With faith, we can celebrate life — even in death

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To celebrate life, we must also face grief and death- but with hope.

Learning to take life one day at a time

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If you ask parents of kids with disabilities what they fear the most, many — if not all — would say, “the future.” It is the future that keeps us lying awake at night. The future is only as far as our worries take us.

Mute the distractions and embrace the sound of silence

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The first few days were a little hard. I had to delete apps to keep my focus and reduce the temptation to check in on my social media accounts.

Rediscover the benefits of fasting

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Ash Wednesday, March 6, marks the beginning of Lent. Eileen Benthal explains why she "got a jump" on Lent this year by beginning a 90-day fast on Jan. 21 — and the benefits she's found in the practice.

Appreciating life’s ‘ordinary miracles’

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Johanna Benthal is writing a book about how to change perspective and see miracles in everyday life — “ordinary miracles.”

Reflections on New York’s new abortion law

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Truly, I have no words to describe the grief I feel over the “Reproductive Health Care Act” — allowing abortions up to delivery — that was signed into New York State Law last week. Column by Eileen Benthal

Opt for progress — not perfection

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Making resolutions for the new year can seem daunting when you look back at all you didn't accomplish in the year just ended. But rather than be discouraged about what you didn't accomplish, focus instead on progress.
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Take time to enjoy the true gifts of Christmas

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Taking the time to find signs that point out the same way the Magi journeyed will help us find God in places we least expect.

Do you hear what I hear? The Christmas story reveals God’s voice in ordinary human experience

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Sit by a crèche and read the Christmas story. And let God speak to you in the ordinary experiences of your life to see the ways in which his extraordinary plans are unfolding in you.

It’s Christmas — what are you waiting for?

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Beneath all the glitter of this commercialized season, I know many people who are waiting for much greater things than a neatly wrapped gift beneath a Christmas tree.
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