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Pat HaggertyReflections over Morning Coffee
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Finding your Lenten Rhythm PDF Print E-mail

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By Pat Haggerty

Getting into the groove of Lent is not unlike learning a new piece of music---either for singing or playing. One must figure out its meaning, discover its tempo and try to figure out how to make it work for us.  We already know the meaning of Lent; it is traveling that journey that will lead us to the glorious Resurrection. The tempo is our slow and steady pace of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as Matthew has directed us in his gospel (6: 1-6, 16-18).  As for making it our own, well, that is totally personal.

There is a plethora of suggestions about recommendations for Lent.  We can find them in Catholic publications, on-line and even in our church bulletins.  Sometimes, all those ideas can be overwhelming.  What to do?  Do I follow the list of 40 things to do each day of the Lenten season?  Do I purchase a book of meditations for Lent?  Do I read a blog post by Sister Barbara who is the media specialist for her order? Yikes! I am already confused.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2019 16:55
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FACING A CURVEBALL PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

Learning a new language isn’t easy.  Some people have a greater facility with languages, which makes learning a second or third language a joy rather than a burden.  These people are blessed with what Howard Gardner (originator of the multiple intelligences theory) calls a strength in the linguistic area of intelligence.

For people needing to learn English, I think one of the most difficult parts of our language is the understanding of idioms. This can be difficult for English speakers, as well.  Young children have a hard time grasping the concept of idioms, as they take everything literally.  Just because we might say, “you are walking on thin ice”, doesn’t mean one is literally walking on thin ice. It means that one is in a precarious or dangerous situation.  Here are a few other common idioms: don’t “beat around the bush”; “go back to the drawing board”; you are really “on the ball”; or “she is on cloud nine”.  One idiom that I have been reflecting on is “got thrown a curve ball.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2018 11:55
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The Empty Tomb PDF Print E-mail

The Empty Tomb

By Pat Haggerty

Have you ever heard of “Resurrection eggs”?  Well, I hadn’t until last week.  Apparently, though, they have been around for at least twenty years.  I had the joy of experiencing this activity with my grand-daughters during a special family activity following the noon Mass at our parish.  The activity is a way for children to understand, and discover, the story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.

Jane and Rose were enthralled with the little artifacts that went into each egg in the egg carton---a small palm, a spear, a stone and a crown of thorns (to name a few). While placing each object in a plastic egg, we read a passage from the gospels that went along with the object.

When they got to the last egg, there was nothing!  It remained empty to symbolize the empty tomb.  I read the passage:  “But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’ “ The girls got it!

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REFLECTION - YOUR HOLIDAY MENU PDF Print E-mail

12-Advent_wreathBy Pat Haggerty

I must admit, I am a Starbucks kind of girl. I love the richness of their coffees and their unique flavors.  At this time of year, they have a special menu of holiday drinks---eggnog latte, gingerbread latte and holiday spice flat white, to name a few.  My favorite is the holiday spice flat white.

I got to thinking about the additional coffees offered by Starbucks.  This holiday menu concept is not just theirs alone.  Other restaurants do the same!  This is a season of specialties and holiday-themed foods, drinks and activities. We are entering a season of Christmas cookies, fruitcake, stollen, and French meat pies (tourtière). It is a wonderful time!

However, pause for a moment---what will you be adding to your spiritual menu for this season of Advent and Christmas?  Will you be doing anything differently?  I hope so!  Now is the time to plan.  Take a look at your current spiritual practices and consider what you could do that would enhance the season in a spiritual way.  Make this intentional and purposeful.  I am not just referring to an Advent calendar or an Advent wreath.  Though, that would be nice.  I am suggesting something unique to you.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 December 2017 10:01
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LISTENING---REALLY LISTENING PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

I was chatting with someone recently and we were bemoaning the fact that true conversation and really listening are things of the past.  As a society we are absorbed with technology:  instant messaging, tweeting, snap chatting, etc.  Much good can come from connecting with others through technology.  However, we must not lose sight of personal contact through conversation.  We can’t let technology absorb us.

I would like to recommend a book that I have found extremely beneficial.  It is Turning to One Another:  simple conversations to restore hope to the future (Margaret Wheatley, Berrett-Koehler Publishers).  In it Wheatley writes, “One of the easiest human acts is also the most healing.  Listening to someone.  Simply listening. Not advising or coaching, but silently and fully listening.”

Wheatley encourages conversation to bring about hope.  Right now our world needs a lot of hope.  As individuals, we need to cling to hope so that we can bring about healing.  We need to turn our darkness into light.  We need to be good listeners, paying attention to those around us.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:02
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