Preparing the Way

By Christ Our Life 2020 6 Comments

Driving through downtown Des Moines, I am stopped at the corner by Wells Fargo arena on a sunny, warm fall day. Colorful leaves skitter across the road; the breeze teases a longer summer; and pollen triggers my allergies. Looking at the arena – empty now – I remember the late August day when a small team gathered at that same corner to pray the rosary to prepare the arena for…

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Chaos, Vatican II, and Mercy

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My husband Tom and I took a day trip yesterday to enjoy the leaves and the glorious Iowa countryside.  One of the things we did in the car was listen to a video by Fr. Michael Gaitley, a Marian Priest. The previous evening we had watched a  video entitled “Bakhita, From Slave to Saint.” These two things, the video and the talk by Fr. Gaitley, were an amazing and inspiring…

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I Am Still Riding a Spiritual High

By Christ Our Life 2020 8 Comments
How about you? It has been a week since COL 2020 and I am still buzzing from the joy and the excitement of the weekend. The Holy Spirit was such a strong presence. I could feel it and so many people have expressed the same thing to me. Rob Carey, Conference Coordinator One thing that has happily surprised me was hearing from people who were unable to attend in person...
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Christ lives. Alleluia!

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I find yesterday’s reading from Job to be so hopeful and so comforting during these seemingly chaotic times. It fits so beautifully with the strong message received over and over during the conference this past weekend. “Be not afraid!” I use the word “seemingly” not because we are imagining the turmoil, but because as Christians, we don’t have to live in the chaos. We can choose, sometimes with a force…

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A Miracle of Grace

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Wow, what a weekend the good Lord prepared for us! (along with a little help from His friends.) The Christ Our Life Conference was truly a blessed Miracle of Grace. When Covid-19 hit back in February, it never occurred to us that we would still be dealing with it after spring break, much less in September. But as the months went by, and Satan put roadblock after roadblock in our…

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