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Home Sweet Houston

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Houston will always be my home.  The more I remember it, the more my heart desires to be there.  The more times I return to visit, the harder it is to leave.

Houston Skyline from Allen Park

Most people don’t appreciate Houston.  They only think of the high heat and humidity or maybe the ferocious mosquitoes.  But they lack knowledge of the culture to be found there. Read the rest of this entry »


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June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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Recapping Mr. Ray and Thanks

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Couple of things to reflect on my Friday night:

Last night, my heart was burning (figuratively).  I was sad.  I was alone.  But I had a ticket to attend a lecture by Steve Ray on the topic of Mary (Mary, Real Girl and Woman of Mystery). It was extremely good.  Steve Ray is a converted Catholic Read the rest of this entry »

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June 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

What’s So Devastating Anyway?

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I was reading a few sermons by Bishop Fulton Sheen on the subject of the heart, i.e., love.  And his words so eloquently evoke tears from my eyes, as if he knows what I need to say aloud.  It causes me this reflection on my former marriage:

When I got married, I never really considered divorce.  I knew that people did it, but it wasn’t something Read the rest of this entry »

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June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Renewing Resilience

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Father’s Day was a tough day.  I’m not sure why it hit me so hard this year.  Actually, I do know why: a lot of uncertainty in my life, a lot of change going on.  My ego is feeling pretty low because change is hard, but my soul feels at home in the humility of it all.

Last night, I couldn’t stand the whiplash of feeling strong and secure one moment and sad the next.  I spent some time in Adoration.  While I was trying to listen, calmness abounded.  Sometimes, I wish I could sleep in that chapel.  It never fails to calm me down.  It never fails to renew my resilience.

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June 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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The Hardest Worker

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I love my sister.  She’s recently had her first child and I am completely at a loss to help her.  We’ve always leaned on each other for difficult times (not that I’m calling having a newborn a difficult time.)  I’ve been calling her much more frequently, just to check in on her.  Today, my niece was particularly irritable and I realized that this is definitely something I can’t help her with.   Book smarts are useless in child rearing. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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What I’m Learning This Week

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It’s been a rather tough week. . .tougher than I’ve had in a while.

My friend, by the way, did accept my apology.  I had to swallow my pride (as I needed to) and ask him if that was the case.  I feel much relief from knowing that, though I know things will be rocky in our friendship for a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Create Within Me a New Heart

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A few days have passed and my friend hasn’t yet acknowledged my apologies.  I’m pretty heart-broken by that, but I know that life goes on.

Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

I’ve been constantly praying for God to give me a clean heart.  A new spirit.  I am putting my trust in Him that everything will be okay.  So far, it’s working.   I can already feel the burdens being released from my shoulders.  I know that I am forgiven, but I have to forgive myself and that’s tough.  But if I will trust, I must let it go.  Let it be. 

I will try to spend some time in adoration, nearer to Christ.

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June 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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