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Kelly J. Henson

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Mary the Dawn & Waking Up Slowly

When we embrace mystery and wonder at the start of our day, we realize that there is a greater reality than our dirty dishes and to do lists. Our efforts and works of the day are important, but only in so far as they serve a greater purpose.

Me too … What now?

The "me too" hashtag and story prompt has swept through social media in the last two weeks. And, like all social media activism, people have both praised it and found it lacking. SOME PROS: People recognize some of the magnitude... Continue Reading →

Challenging Teens in Christ

I had two beautiful opportunities to speak with teens at the end of this week. Last night, I shared part of my testimony with about 130 enthusiastic middle school students at a retreat for Immaculata Catholic School (Durham, NC). Then,... Continue Reading →

How a Catholic College Sheltered the Poor From Irma It's always awesome to see people reaching out to their neighbors in times of crisis. Thanks Catholic Digest for letting me share this story with you!

A Gardenia in Distress

This year, we had a glorious extended spring, but we also had one very late frost that stunted and damaged several of my more delicate shrubs. I adore the scent of gardenias. And there's something alluring and elusive about a... Continue Reading →

The Art of Nudging

"See? It's safe!" my son encouraged his sister as he slid down the steep embankment to the river's edge. "I'll save you a spot right here." Maggie cautiously edged her way towards him and then gave him her most radiant... Continue Reading →

Governed by Barbarians

"It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the... Continue Reading →

Sidewalk Flowers: A children’s picture book about beauty

I discovered Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith at our library lately. I think I should probably page through it every morning of my life as part of my prayer and reflection time.   The story... Continue Reading →

Perfectly Pressed

  Yesterday, I ironed. A lot. This is a pretty big accomplishment. I only iron when necessary. I actually somewhat enjoy ironing. It's nice to see how lovely and crisp the clean clothing looks afterwards, and usually I'm caring for... Continue Reading →

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