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Kelly J. Henson

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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 →

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."

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.”

June: A month for ‘Pride’ or a burning heart?

The antidote to a world full of shame and shaming is not pride, it is humility. True humility, as made manifest in the Sacred Heart, is the prerequisite both for giving and for receiving authentic love. Humility knows and loves... Continue Reading →

Lent: A Season for Hidden Growth

April is the cruelest month...” When I used to teach T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Wasteland” to North Carolina high school students, they always stopped right there at the first line in consternation. How could anyone think spring is cruel? The... Continue Reading →

2019 is the Year for Candles & Cake!

Let's be honest, New Year's resolutions are hard to keep. Check out my Catholic News Herald article for a new habit you might be excited to keep all year long ... Why is it that we tend to make New... Continue Reading →

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