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Religion

  • From the ashes come our hope

    I know Ash Wednesday has come and gone, and we’re smack in the middle of Lent, but Ash Wednesday is on my mind.

    This year I went to two Ash Wednesday services, one in the morning and one at night.

    My husband had asked, “Are you that bad?”

    Well, last year I had vowed to give up recreational shopping for the 40 days leading up to Easter and I did well until I resisted not the temptation to buy something that I can’t even remember and probably isn’t even in my closet anymore.

  • Religion Notes: April 8, 2011

    Open Door Christian Center fundraiser

    Open Door Christian Center, 2345 Taylorsville Road, Bloomfield, will have an evangel prison ministry fundraiser 3 p.m. April 9. There will be a chili supper and hotdogs, gospel singing and fellowship. For more information, call Phillip Sharpe at (502) 477-8365 or (502) 693-9766.

    Ministerial Association

  • I love me and that may be the biggest problem

    I don’t know I could have missed it, but Feb. 13 was International Day of Self-Love.

    I was probably too busy loving myself that day to notice.

    Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways,” is a huge advocate of loving yourself. She writes a blog called “Lessons from a Recovering Doormat” at Beliefnet.com and offers “I Love Me” tips.

  • Ursuline Sisters celebrating jubilees

    Twelve Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, based in Maple Mount, are celebrating jubilees of religious life this year, including four who ministered in Nelson County.

  • Ticket to hell? We can change

    A few weeks ago I got a letter from a woman in Louisiana who had read one of my books.

    Sometimes when you write books people think you know stuff, that you have special wisdom and answers to their problems.

    I’ll let you in on a secret: We don’t, at least I don’t. I can put words together and make them sound pretty and sometimes I have a thought or two that may or may not be helpful to some people, but mostly I think that I don’t.

  • Employee of the Month honor has its pitfalls, too

    Just in case you haven’t heard, I’m Employee of the Month.

    I’ve never, ever been Employee of the Month anywhere I’ve ever worked, although once I was Student of the Month in Mr. Taylor’s fourth grade class at Nevada Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park, Calif.

    It went to my head and I pushed my desk up front and took it upon myself to erase the board, but it turned out Mr. Taylor wasn’t finished and the class yelled at me. I was never Student of the Month after that.

  • Was your ‘worst breakup ever’ with God?

    When I was 12 I went steady with Paul Minardi.

    He gave me his blue St. Christopher’s medal, which is what boys gave their girlfriends back then, back before St. Christopher was de-sainted.

    I don’t remember how long we went steady, only that he broke up with me and shattered my 12-year-old heart.

    It was the Worst. Breakup. Ever.

    Until the next one, that is.

  • The true spirit of God out of the mouths of babes

  • First book published in a series on Sisters of Charity’s second century

    The period from 1912 to 1924 was one of change for the United States. World War I, the flu epidemic and women’s suffrage were among the events facing Americans — some welcome, some not.

    The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have always focused on community involvement and thus were not immune to the flux in which the country found itself. Now those 12 interesting years are documented in the first of a series of books chronicling SCN’s second century in existence. It will be published in segments following the terms served by SCN mothers general.

  • What face do you show to the world and God?

    The other day I read an article written by Sharon Miller, a woman who stopped wearing makeup “as an act of Christian discipleship.”

    She was getting ready to go shopping with her in-laws and as she went through her usual morning routine of blow-drying her hair and picking out an outfit, she decided to go to the mall sans makeup.

    She said she had been inspired by a book, “Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Women’s Spirituality,” by Maria Harris.