Life is Grace

discoveries of grace in my messy and imperfect, but blessed, life

Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
Opinion by the Rev. James Martin, Special to CNN  (CNN) — I could barely look at the photos, but I knew that I must. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis met, embraced and kissed a man suffering from a rare disease called neurofibromatosis, a painful and disfiguring skin…

Originally posted on Becoming a writer:
This month’s challenge was to write a letter about peace, or send a letter out to peace, or imagine a letter coming back from peace or any and all variations of the above. Well, I’ve interpreted this a little differently.  It’s not a letter to peace, but letters of…

  62 years ago this morning, my father, along with other young men–just boys, really– from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada, stormed the Normandy beaches to begin the Allied assault on Nazi-occupied Europe. When Eisenhower said the hopes of freedom-loving people everywhere went with them, he wasn’t kidding; WWII historian Stephen Ambrose called …

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Sometimes we learn of our loved ones deepest feelings by the things they leave behind, particularly if they have traveled lightly. My dad, unlike me, was a person of few words, not inclined to wear his emotions on his sleeve. He didn’t talk much about the war, except to share a few bits and pieces …

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