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.
Soul Seeing: Rather than trumpeting retaliation with bombs and soldiers, imagine risking relationship with those in the Islamic State group, rather than maintaining the us versus them stalemate.
Soul Seeing: A performer, "inhabiting" Frank Sinatra, captures attentions and lifts spirits at the River House Adult Day Care Center's recent Christmas party.
During a cross-country road trip, I stayed in a retreat house with shared bathrooms, and I almost instantly conceived a violent resentment against the person with whom I shared mine.
Soul Seeing: All he wanted to do was tell people about Jesus. That brought Fr. Joseph Girzone millions in proceeds from his Joshua novels -- money that he gave away.
Soul Seeing: I was in Paris the night of Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, and the corner of my brain that has time to think about eternity is asking why.