How much for a Hug

If you were walking along the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles on a warm Saturday afternoon, you might come upon Mikey's deli. Be warned, this is not your ordinary deli serving corned beef hash or hot dogs loaded with mustard and sauerkraut. Mikey's deli only serves hugs. For the

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No Habit Required

I promised some inspiring ways to invite the spirit of the monastery into your own life without getting tonsured or donning a monk's habit! For the spirit: Following is a prayer written by the famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.  I have it pinned to my wall next to where I write.  It

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Hope on a Donkey!

I believe, help my unbelief. That is my faith. Today is Palm Sunday, and it was quite a parade at church! Over one hundred children processed down the aisle, all smiles, and waved their palm branches. You could call it the pre-party before the big show! You have no idea how much I

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Embraced by God

A pilgrim is simply a soul in search of God. In secret, we all long for an experience of the Transcendent. And yet we live in a world that does its best to turn us into cynics. The mere mention of the word miracle and our first reflex is a nervous

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A Pilgrimage

Einstein once said, "There are two ways to live your life: One as though nothing is a miracle; the other as though everything is." A little over ten years ago, I made my first religious pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Lourdes. Six million people make the same journey every year

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Counting Grace

In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another day just like today, and there will never be another like it again.  Today is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth.  It

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Selfie of the Soul

I am not a fan of the "selfie."* Call it vanity. There is nothing good about seeing your every imperfection so up close and personal. The crow's feet, sun spots, laugh lines, and deep furrowed brow all serve as visible reminders of our human flaws. I wonder what we would see

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How Big is Your Brave

As we stand on the precipice of a new year, how big is your brave? I spent this Christmas and New Year's with my family in the Teton Mountains of Wyoming. Skiing is one of my husband and his family's greatest joys. Not only is their house a stone's throw from

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