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Pick up the Orange

By Janice Lane Palko Some people receive profound promptings from the Holy Spirit. Me? I get messages like “pick up the orange.” A few weeks ago, I walked into my local grocery store and saw a woman select some oranges … Continue reading

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The End of It All

  In November our Church calls us to remember the remarkable of the Church both recognized (All Saints) and those unrecognized (All Souls). We set up memorial tables, reverence the book of the dead and attend memorial Masses.  All the … Continue reading

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The Twelve Steps to being a Spiritual Writer

  Step Five- Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Over the past few weeks, we have examined our failings and sins. The purpose has not been to feel badly about ourselves. … Continue reading

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Humility: Jesus, Grant Me The Grace To Desire It

Some years ago, at my morning prayer group, my cherished friend Deacon Larry brought copies of the Litany of Humility. I never had heard of that prayer until that day. The men in my group trust Larry implicitly, so we dove … Continue reading

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Americanah, by Chimamamda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a tale of two countries, Nigeria and the USA. The protagonist, Ifemelu invites the reader to sit with her at a braiding salon in Newark, New Jersey as she prepares to return to Nigeria after ten years in … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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A happy and blessed Christmas to all of you! We receive many gifts during the Christmas season: gifts of material, gifts of family, gifts of grace. We receive the greatest gift in Christ, of course, and if you’re like me, … Continue reading

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Return to Paradise – by Tim Speer – YA Review

  Return to Paradise relates five critical days in the life of a man named David Martin. In them, his courage, steadfastness and integrity are tried by an unusual experience. Seemingly quite by accident, he finds himself stranded in a … Continue reading

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The Choice of Grace

What is it? Can you figure it out? It’s undeniably there!  Oh, sorry, but those are the thoughts that run through my head any time I witness Francis engage his people.  A few days ago he actually participated in a … Continue reading

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After the Conference, Committees push on!

It was a pleasure to finally meet face-to-face several committee chairs at the Catholic Writers Guild conference. They were introduced and recognized during the Welcome session, helping newcomers see that our volunteers are vital to CWG – and that we … Continue reading

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Creating a Marketing Strategy

So you finished your novel! Maybe it was traditionally published or perhaps you self-published. It doesn’t matter. The box of books has arrived in the post and holding your finished product is akin to holding your first newborn. It is … Continue reading

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