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Pandemic Perspectives

COVID-19, a coronavirus disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is still spreading.

Thousands have died. Nearly 900,000 have been infected. A great many more are affected, directly or indirectly. Some are behaving badly.

We cannot cure this disease. We can only endure it, or die trying.

That's the bad news.

The good news, part of it, is that this isn't the 14th century. We've learned a bit since the Black Death was spreading across Eurasia. Quite a bit, actually.

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I'm Really Struggling

Me, an Amateur Psychologist?

I pride myself in being a bit of an amateur psychologist.I always—as my husband likes to put it—“think too much.”
I consider it a natural gift.
So whenever my husband says, referring to himself, “I don’t know, I’m not a psychologist,” I hear the compliment, “like you.”
While you could make an argument that he is not exactly telling me I am a psychologist in that exchange, I probably would analyze your argument and question your thinking.
You see, that’s how us psychologist-type people work.We listen, we interpret, we analyze and then we help you solve the problem.
I seriously do not see what the problem is here, except that I do not have one psychology credit to my name.I suppose this might make actual psychologists crazy (sorry for the diagnosis and using a word they would probably never use, but I can’t help it).Then again, I don’t know, because I don’t know any psychologists.For that matter, I don’t really even know what they do.
If talking to people is there specialty, then I’m …

The Stoning: Has No One Condemned You?

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees test Jesus. They bring to Him a woman accused of adultery. According to Mosaic law, such an offense results in the stoning of the woman. So, the Pharisees, looking to convict Jesus, put forth this quandary before Him. It is wrong to kill (a violation of the 5th Commandment), but it is also wrong to commit adultery (a violation of the 6th Commandment). Do two wrongs make it right? Rather than answering their implied question, Jesus starts writing in the sand. No biblical scholars ever  ascertained what Jesus wrote, but whatever it was, it caused everyone to depart, leaving Jesus alone with the woman. Jesus asks the woman, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” (John 8:10) Forgiven, Not Condemned The woman responded that no one condemned her. Jesus then responds to the woman, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and from now on do not sin anymore.” (John 8:11) It is here that Jesus shows us how to rectify a bad situation and not break a Commandment..…

I am afraid ...


Dreary Outside, Self-Isolating Inside

I'm writing this partly as a followup on Thursday's "Self-Isolation in the Family" post. And partly because I got frustrated with what I'd been trying to write today.

My son is still sick, and it's a damply dismal Saturday afternoon. Outside temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, 4 Celsius....

...The family’s self-isolation went up a notch when Bishop Kettler said that churches should close their doors....

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Self-Isolation in the Family

COVID-19, the pandemic coronavirus disease, has come to my house. Maybe.

My son has been sick. Yesterday he had a telephone checkup. I don't know what the official term is for a medical interview conducted via telephone.

He's been told to self-isolate....

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Why didn’t I Thin with Age?

Homeschooling during a global pandemic and finding the lost socks (the fruit of faith)

During these weeks of living affected by Covid19, I have seen a lot of fruit come from homeschooling up until now. I am honestly very thankful we have been faithful with this, because now staying home is nothing new, and in fact it feels like our comfort zone.  Having only two years under our belt has seemed like a major loss to me (especially as I was not homeschooled and I do not share the extreme conviction about the seriousness of it that many of my friends do.....) UNTIL now. 

Having two years under our belt now seems like a gift. I can see so many good fruits coming out of living the quarantined lifestyle.  Each day I can honestly say that I look forward to what will come from this time of new change.  I also have to remind myself that Lent isn't just a season of penance. It is that- but it is more than that.  Lent is a time for change (it literally means "Springtime"), and thus, it is also a time of little deaths and small resurrections.  I always loathed celebrati…

Let love win in your life (Spanish) El amor gana.

Blanca nos invita en esta ocasión a aprender a saborear la vida, hasta en las dificultades y problemas, porque vivirlos intensamente nos lleva a aprender y apreciar lo bello y valioso que tenemos, aunque sea cosas pequeñas.

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Por: Blanca Ahumada Otero

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