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FROM DARK TO LIGHT: A SHIFT IN AWARENESS FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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A Pennsylvania grand jury recently delivered its account of rampant abuse that involved 1,000 children, 300 priests, and 70 years of silence or denial from the Catholic Church. According to an Associated Press article on August 16, 2018, Pope Francis expressed shame and sorrow and stated he wanted to eradicate this “tragic horror.” 

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CHOICES OF THE HEART

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Joline Gutierrez Krueger, who wrote "Trading Stones of Hate for Stones of Heart" for the Albuquerque Journal, reported on the vandalism that stunned the North Fourth neighborhood. At least four businesses owned by, or catering to, the Hispanic or immigrant communities had glass windows and doors shattered by rocks. Hand-scrawled notes written on the rocks referred to the “Mexican mafia” and the wish for God to kill its members.

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RETREAT

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A number of times in my life I have taken a few days, or even a week, to pray and reflect on my life. Before the birth of one of my children, I spent a weekend in a Catholic monastery. This revitalizing experience prepared me for tending to a new baby. After my divorce many years later, I heard of a sanctuary in another state, where Catholic nuns lived on the land. In the quiet and beauty of nature, people gathered to pray and meditate. I spent a week there in the solitude of a small cabin – taking walks to a nearby creek and enjoying Mother Nature surrounding me. It was an important time, and I returned to New Mexico energized with a number of ideas of how to make my life more internal and prayerful.

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ANOTHER SMILEY

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Of the many blogs posted thus far, Peace Begins with a Smile has been the most popular. Numerous people have spoken to me regarding it. In addition, as I’ve been smiling more in my life, I’ve been exquisitely pleased with the responses of others. Of note is when I go to the gym and check in—the people working behind the desk more and more greet me with a smile. And, of course, I smile back!

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JOY JUNCTION

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When I read about Joy Junction, a homeless shelter established in Albuquerque in 1986, I knew immediately that this was a remarkable story. The recent death of founder Jeremy Reynalds saddened many people, yet at the same time, they also felt such gratitude for his extraordinary presence and the exceptional differences he made in so many people’s lives.

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