Soul Seeing: When my 8-year-old grandson called, I expected a report of his Little League baseball game. This time, he asked me why I left the priesthood.
Soul Seeing: Our ability to laugh and to cry cuts across all cultures and centuries.
Soul Seeing: To be brought to our knees by our sicknesses, our sin, is a great gift.
Soul Seeing: The last time I saw my brother in the flesh was three years ago, in his den, just before summer; we talked about hawks and love.
Soul Seeing: From his hospital bed, my dying father said to me, "Billy, make sure there are a lot of flowers at the viewing."
Soul Seeing: Attendees at the National Catholic Youth Conference saw a few things from a new, unfamiliar perspective, much of it to do with mercy.
"When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her" (Luke 1:57-58).
I sang at their wedding. My husband, Brian, played the piano. I sat in the choir week after week, and watched them loving each other. I was happy for them. Then her belly began to grow and a pain that is indescribable infected every part of my being.
Soul Seeing: Was Lil' Miss Hagel's presence in my early life meant to prepare me for what to come half a century later?
Soul Seeing: When the scholar in Luke 10 asks Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to attain eternal life?", he asks a question parents would be wise to ask their kids.
Soul Seeing: My image of God (which is all any of us has) suggests these beyond-within experiences are a trace of God in each of us.