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Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

| Liz Kelly | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

My sister conveys to me this wonderful story about a well-to-do gentleman, who in his early retirement could be yachting through the south of France or golfing in Bermuda, but decides that he would like to perform some service for his community. He volunteers at a local hospital to be a “cuddler.”

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Hope cannot be quarantined

Hope cannot be quarantined

| Liz Kelly | April 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like most of the rest of the world, my husband and I spent the Triduum crouched over my little laptop streaming the Holy Week services. And while, for once in my life I was actually grateful for the technology that made this possible, it was a far cry from all my Easter heart would hope. Yours too, I’m sure.

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Flattening the curve — on fear

Flattening the curve — on fear

| Liz Kelly | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some months ago at a seminar on healing prayer, the priest leading the study told us a charming — and instructive — story. It went something like this:

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The song the Father sings

The song the Father sings

| Liz Kelly | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many years ago, I was preparing to speak at a women’s conference, the topic of which was strengthening our Christian friendships. About two days before my talk — I was just putting a few finishing touches on it — I suddenly started to get this nagging feeling that I was to include a section on loneliness. It would take some reworking.

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A year more austere

A year more austere

| Liz Kelly | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A colleague of mine recently returned to the U.S. after serving along with his family as missionaries in some of the poorest parts of the world. Their commitment to give away everything they had and follow Jesus into a life of poverty and service was a sincere and moving one.

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Never taken for a ride

Never taken for a ride

| Liz Kelly | December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I was about 10, my father — bless his generous heart — bought me something I had wanted my entire young life: a Pinto, a particular breed of horse with large patches of white, black and brown. This Pinto was named Windy. We spotted her ad in the paper that spring; she was in foal, trained to ride and drive. This last bit was important because the horse who usually pulled our sleigh had died. Windy was a bargain with a foal to boot. Two horses for the price of one. Dad got on the phone and bought her “sight unseen.”

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Taking back delight, one little levitation at a time

Taking back delight, one little levitation at a time

| Liz Kelly | November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is a lovely maple tree in my front yard that hangs onto its leaves longer than any other tree in the neighborhood. It is a fiery orange and red and every bit as beautiful as you might imagine and always an occasion to lift one’s spirits. Long after every other leaf on my block has been raked and bagged, my front yard maple holds fast, clinging to its beauty with unrelenting delight.

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Our Lady of the Helium Rosary, pray for us!

Our Lady of the Helium Rosary, pray for us!

| Liz Kelly | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

At a recent retreat I led for a group of women outside of Tucson, Arizona, the women arrived, one by one, weary, worn out, spent with good works and hoping for the impossible. They brought with them an unusual heaviness; their burdens were exceptional.

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She held Jesus in her palm: Meet Blessed Benedetta

She held Jesus in her palm: Meet Blessed Benedetta

| Liz Kelly | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Sept. 14, an extraordinary young Italian woman was beatified: Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro. Truly a saint for our time, especially for young people who suffer from chronic or progressively debilitating illnesses and all those who care for them, specifically doctors, you will not regret getting to know her.

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Taking our part

Taking our part

| Liz Kelly | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A dear friend calls; he’s at his wits end. Looking at the world, it looks like evil is winning. Among the crippling issues on his mind are: corruption in our government, media, and banking practices; religious persecution here and abroad; terrorism generally speaking; and to go ahead and break the camel’s back, the absolute lunacy that you can shoot a pregnant woman and be charged with not one, but two counts of murder, and yet, that same mother could abort that same child and we call it “her right.”

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To witness, we must have wounds

To witness, we must have wounds

| Liz kelly | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

A spectacular young, single woman — intelligent, articulate, lovely, poised — comes to visit with me to talk about prayer and how she can go deeper in healing. She has suffered a number of serious traumas, and they have created some sizable wounds. And while much healing has already taken place, and she has fearlessly and responsibly pursued healing from many angles, she’s a little concerned about her past, especially with respect to a future spouse. How much can these wounds really be healed? Is she just “damaged goods”?

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To kill the cult of personality

To kill the cult of personality

| Liz Kelly | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A year or so ago, my very talented and prayerful assistant convinced me I needed to develop a better website. I dragged my feet — and legs, and arms, and torso and half-hermit heart. The thought of “marketing” makes me nauseous, and social media in general disturbs my spirit. I wonder what Jesus, who never consulted a publicist or created a branding strategy, thinks of such hubbub.

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