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Breeding Lilacs

Kelly J. Henson

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Cultural Conversations

Education and trust

My 4-year-old daughter recently tried to use a colander for a puke bowl. When I recommended that she get a metal bowl and lie down on the couch to settle her tummy, that’s all she could find. Somehow, I feel... Continue Reading →

Hero, villain, icon, or saint?

"This summer, American history lies on the examining table. Each Founding Father, famous activist, and each new death in a newspaper receives scrutiny: hero or villain? Narratives shape our fundamental concept of our nation, our government, and ourselves, and, in this moment, many people try to understand if their perception of these things has been honest or biased in some way over the course of their formative years."

Surviving hell

"We are not living in some hellish landscape. We are people on a pilgrimage to heaven. Each nuance of social distancing, inter-racial dialog, and political positioning has to begin with questions that keep us centered on our identity and on our goal."

Mending the broken

"God is always at work mending our world, even when we struggle to see with the eyes of hope. He lives an eternal Easter, even when we feel stuck in a perpetual Holy Saturday."

Hospitality during quarantine

The other day, I was stung by a bee while doing dishes ... inside. Honestly, after my first yelp of surprise, my predominant feeling was empathy. The poor bee had accidentally flown into our home looking for pollen-heavy blossoms. Instead,... Continue Reading →

The power of enough

As I sat looking fixedly at my spring and summer calendar, I felt the perennial question that torments parents surfacing in my mind, “Is it enough?” . . . . The reality is that this intangible standard of enough cannot... Continue Reading →

One minivan-full of blessings

Waiting is hard. Waiting for pain that you know is coming is the sweat of the Agony of the Garden. Waiting for a joy that you hope for is the extended, held breath of Holy Saturday. Right now, I’m waiting... Continue Reading →

Transfiguration: When family gets annoying

As I watch my children grow, I have realized that God frequently gives us more than one Mount Tabor moment in our lives. There are “mini-Tabors” just as there are “mini-Calvaries.”

A Transforming Beauty

Radiant Magazine has been such a fun publication to work for the last couple of years. I love their commitment to quality content and visuals that inspire and uplift young, Catholic women. In their last issues, Summer 2019, I had... Continue Reading →

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