Author Archives: Judy Klein

Are We Seeking Magic or Miracles?

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it … Continue reading

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When the Crib and the Cross Converge: Our Personal Adoption Story

The minute the judge walked into the courtroom on December 5, I knew I was in trouble. What I had envisioned as a measured ritual of signing papers at the courthouse became an extremely emotional event when the judge, who … Continue reading

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Fitting Through the Narrow Gate: Feeding the False Self As A Sign of the Times

Strive to enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And … Continue reading

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When Death Births Life: St. Bryce Missions Grew Out of A Family’s Grief

“I went to the jungle thinking I was going to grieve, but God brought me there to heal,” author and full-time missionary Colleen C. Mitchell said as she sat on a stool in my kitchen, watching me prepare a pot … Continue reading

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Is God Good All The Time? Or Only When We Feel Blessed?

Forty thousand Louisiana families lost their homes last week to what is being called the “Great Flood,” and the devastation these families are facing will take years to recover from. Meanwhile, I’m reading posts on Facebook that are saying things … Continue reading

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Why Mercy Makes Us Uncomfortable

In his second Encyclical, Dives in Misericordia…Saint John Paul II highlighted the fact that we had forgotten the theme of mercy in today’s cultural milieu: “The present day mentality, more perhaps than that of people in the past, seems opposed … Continue reading

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Saved by the Mercy of a Stranger

  We cannot escape the Lord’s words to us, and they will serve as the criteria upon which we are judged: whether we have fed the hungry and given drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger and clothed the naked, … Continue reading

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Pentecost Just Passed and I’m Burning to Death: Is It Possible To Do Purgatory On Earth?

Have you ever had a magnanimous moment where you begged for the fire of God’s love to consume you, only to find in short order that it’s burning the hell out of you? Literally. Somehow, I’m always surprised when I … Continue reading

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Giving What Is Holy To Dogs

The Spouse of Christ must pattern her behaviour after the Son of God who went out to everyone without exception.             Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, par. 12 Sitting in our gloriously sunny, tranquil parish adoration chapel, I had just finished underlining … Continue reading

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Being Pro-Life In A Pro-Choice Political Dynasty

We must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in the wider culture. In some cases the word seems to have dropped out of use. However, without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if sequestered … Continue reading

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