Life is Grace

Seeking the Blessings in the Chaos. Writing and Photography.

What is an autumn spirituality? An acceptance of both light and dark as natural parts of life. A letting go as the trees let go of their leaves. A recognition of deaths, both large and small. And the promise of life to come. James Martin, S.J. Here in Minnesota autumn has reached its nadir after …

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There’s just something about white roses at Christmas time…so lovely and pure and delicate, they are the perfect flower with which to welcome the Christ child.

My parents have been dead a long time. Or not so long. It depends on my mood, how long it seems. My mom died in April 2007, my dad in January 1993. I often wonder what advice they would give me now, about being childless, being disabled and in chronic pain and often frustrated and depressed. Then, by chance, today I came across a quote that spells out what I know in my heart they would both say to me so perfectly, it gave me chills. In fact, I can hear my mom’s voice…

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November 27, 2017

Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a …

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Little Bits of Good

August 28, 2017

Do your little bits of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the soul.

Desmond Tutu

 

Photographer friends: I used the Carousel preset and Old Masters textures on this image, both by 2 Lil Owls. I highly recommend their products, and if you purchase them through me, I get a small share of the profits (so I can buy more textures, of course!). Here’s my link: https://2lilowls.com/ref/9

What happened in Charlottesville was evil. Pure and simple. The same evil my father fought in WWII, now come home to America, complete with swastikas, seig heils (including “heil Trump”) and chants of “JEWS won’t replace us”, and, in the end, murder. The KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, spewing their hate, were out in full …

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Happy Easter Monday! One of my theology professors used to refer to Christians as “Easter People”. Which we are, of course, since the death and resurrection of Christ are the founding events of our faith. But what does it mean, really…what are the implications for our everyday lives? It means that we are never without …

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