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  • SUNDAY, September 21      15 Pentecost

    “How do you stand us?” my eldest daughter, then twelve years old, asked me one evening as she watched me juggle making pasta with answering questions, assisting with homework, and settling squabbles. “How can you put up with us every day?” she continued. And then added, “And we are good ch....
  • SATURDAY, September 20      Ember Day

    Every year thousands of pilgrims come to El Santuario, in Chimayo, New Mexico, seeking healing. The side chapel of this simple church, also called the Lourdes of the West, is lined with crutches and canes, prayers and poems—testimonials of those who have been cured by the holy dirt in El Posito, a....
  • FRIDAY, September 19      Ember Day

    In the 1960s, when Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers to secure fair wages and safe conditions for migrant workers, students from my suburban high school got involved. We boycotted grapes and even took our protest to the home of the CEO of the local grocery chain. On Saturday mornings, we ....
  • THURSDAY, September 18

    If you have ever been on a cave tour where the guide turned out the lights, you have experienced a darkness so absolute that it feels like blindness. Or if you have stood on a remote beach and looked out over the ocean, you know what it is like to stare into a void.

    Folks....

  • WEDNESDAY, September 17      Ember Day

    In 2008, after surviving a rare infection and learning to live in a body changed by permanent nerve damage, I felt a real kinship with Job when the lump my doctors and I hoped was just swollen tissue turned out to be a tumor. It was, thankfully, benign, but sizeable, and needed to be removed—a maj....
  • TUESDAY, September 16

    Some days, when stress or worry or fear gets the best of me, my life seems held together by the bits of prayers and poems I have stuck up on my computer monitors and around my office and home. A hand-lettered card I bought nearly two decades ago, at a time when I felt challenged on every level, has ....
  • MONDAY, September 15      Holy Cross Day (tr)

    Still recovering from illness and surgery, I agreed to go to Jerusalem with my daughter. I had serious balance problems and deep reservations about the trip, but Elizabeth assured me I could do this with her help.

    We found more tourists than holiness in the Holy Land, and....

  • SUNDAY, September 14      14 Pentecost

    Years ago, while in Paris on a tight budget, my friend and I stopped by Fauchon’s, the fancy shop where every pastry, vegetable, and fruit is displayed like a work of art—and priced that way too. The raspberries were especially inviting on a scorching July afternoon, but far too expensive. We le....
  • SATURDAY, September 13

    Planning a trip to visit family, I encouraged my sister to buy her ticket before the great airfare sale I’d found disappeared. “Oh, I’ve got people who do that for me,” she said. Her comment not only delineated the difference between a CEO and an editor, but also got me thinking about people....
  • FRIDAY, September 12

    What is the longest, hardest waiting you have ever done? For me, it was the five days between a biopsy and the phone call from my doctor that confirmed I had a tumor but included the good news that it was benign.

    I did not wait patiently during those five days, and there ....

  • THURSDAY, September 11

    Thirteen years ago, this day became one of those days that divide time into what life was like before, and after; one of those days when you will remember, always, where you were, what you were doing—this time when you heard the news that airplanes had crashed into the World Trade Center and thous....
  • WEDNESDAY, September 10

    Early September is the season of not much happening. Vacations are over, school is solidly back in session. The year is winding down, falling gently, like a leaf, to its inevitable conclusion. It is a peaceful time after the energy of the summer and before the urgency of the holidays. Ordinary time,....
  • TUESDAY, September 9

    When we look back at the past we often recall only the good things—the energy we had when we were younger, the friendships in college that so enriched us, the times when life seemed rosier and easier.

    But if we are always looking back, mourning what we’ve lost and gru....

  • MONDAY, September 8

    If you are a parent, how many times have you told your children some absolute truth that they simply refuse to believe? Don’t touch the stove; it is hot. Take your umbrella; it will rain this afternoon. If you try to put a doll dress on the cat, he will scratch you.

    We ....

  • SUNDAY, September 7      13 Pentecost

    I am not athletically inclined, but I am energetic and walk a lot, and always ready to support a good cause. So when one of my closest friends asked me to join her on a 5K fundraising walk, I readily agreed.

    This was my first charity run/walk event, and being part of this....

  • SATURDAY, September 6

    I cringe a bit every time I encounter this gospel, because this city girl is solidly on the side of the hired hand. If the wolf comes when I am watching the sheep, it is every woman and sheep for herself—and as the old joke goes, I don’t have to be able to outrun the wolf, just the slowest sheep....
  • FRIDAY, September 5

    “I have decided to stop the treatments,” my eighty-one-year-old uncle told us, calmly. Diagnosed a year earlier with aplastic anemia, he had surpassed his doctors’ projection of six months to live. But now platelets were needed with greater frequency and yielded diminishing results. A Roman Ca....
  • THURSDAY, September 4

    Jesus gives sight to a man blind from birth. His disciples want to know if the man was born blind because of the sins of his parents or his own sins. The Pharisees want to focus on Jesus’ violation of the sabbath. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.”

    I read th....

  • WEDNESDAY, September 3

    I wish I had known this psalm when my children were younger and watched far too much television. I could have sounded like a holy, pious mother rather than the cranky, nagging one who said, “Turn that TV off and go do your homework or something useful.”

    Now I can pray....

  • TUESDAY, September 2

    When we turn to God in prayer, we hope for a quick response as well as the thing for which we pray. After all, Jesus told us “Ask and you shall receive.”

    But do we truly believe our prayers will be answered? We know God cares for us more than sparrows and lilies, but ....

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