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Pressed into Service

”Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles,” (Matthew 5:41). Your son comes home from his first day of Early Childhood all excited, “Guess what, Mommy, we get to go on all the … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

There it was printed on a carry-on bag: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I was fascinated with it and visually followed it past me in the airport. After a glorious time during a quick three-day trip to attend my daughter’s … Continue reading

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Circle of Good: Loving the sinner

featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com Our parents and spiritual mentors taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. This haunting story, compelling me to share it. The author is unknown and the facts cannot be authenticated. Like a biblical parable, the message … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: God doesn’t create clones

I grew up in the shadow of my sister who was 18 months older than me. I followed her around, copying her every preference and obeying her every request. She convinced me that her likes and dislikes, friends and fashions … Continue reading

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Butterfly Bumps

Each one of us has little insignificant rough places that seem harmless — lumps and bumps of no consequence. That was the way it was for several years with a little bump on my neck under my chin. The bump … Continue reading

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First post: Godless Graduation

Five years ago I wrote this first post on JOYAlive.net. Celebrate a half decade of blogging with me! The ceremony was awesome with the crowd cheering loudly and stomping their feet from different areas of the gym as each of … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 5-5-17

Featured Favorite: Still House – Melissa Finn writes: I love that moment when the house is quiet. It is so full of echoes and promises, a pocketful of time all to yourself. A Classic by Fr. Jacques Philippe: Time for … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: Still House

by Melissa Williams Finn Days like this one in late spring – green, breezy, crowned with a blue bowl of a sky – remind me of our little old 1930s house on McCommas and life with just my first two … Continue reading

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