All posts in category God’s Prism

What’s the Good of Trouble?


Can anything good come from trouble? Difficulties, heartbreaks, setbacks, discouragements, shocks, surprises, disappointment? Maybe. It really depends on your attitude, doesn’t it? “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world,” is what Jesus says in regards to trials and tribulations. That helps. A little. I’ve […]

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Tricky Family Relationships and Peace


I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried to handle family relationships with peace over the years. This Thanksgiving I’m not having problems, but in the past, I’ve run into difficulties. It’s not my fault if the in-laws, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and even children don’t agree with my brilliance. Er, don’t see eye to eye with […]

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Choosing to Believe

Baptism of Christ. Jesus is baptized in the Jo...

The man sat in the dark pit, his long hair tangled and hanging about his shoulders. His food may have been simple: insects and water. Taunting prison guards probably let his friends visit, because he was able to pass a message to the outside world. He thought he knew his purpose. He believed God had […]

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Stereotypes, Wild Girls and Grace

Stereotype: A fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. As a writer, I sometimes work in shorthand, to keep my characters set in my mind while I do other things with them. I can label them as “this” or “that” and more easily predict what they will do. Stereotypes […]

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Traveler’s Tales: Saint Peter in the Basement and the Apostles on the Roof; 1970


I’ve been working on my unpublished spiritual memoir today, Loving God without a Label, and thinking about my three visits to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I traveled to the Eternal City–and the Vatican City–at very different times in my life and I reacted to the seat of Catholicism in very different ways. In 1970, […]

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