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Anne Scanlan

Anne was an itinerant preacher for several years, and served in Retreat Ministry and Adult Faith Formation. She taught elementary and secondary school and was on the faculty at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd, PA. Ms. Scanlan is on the Why Catholic? team at RENEW and has extensive experience as a liturgist.

 

There are common phrases such as “Have a heart,” “Is your heart in it?”, “The heart of the matter is…” When I hear these, I know we are talking “essentials.’’ As we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart, I consider the Heart of Jesus. I think of qualities and characteristics such as love, peace, […]

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Many small groups meet in the spring and fall for six weeks, and for many reasons there is no opportunity to gather or even talk to or see each other between seasons.   With many people on vacation, at home or away from home, a colorful postcard with an “I’m thinking of you” expression, can […]

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As we move into summer, the time of year when many of us have a break from the normal routine, here are a few suggestions to help you rest, relax and be renewed.   Try a walking meditation… This is not just taking a walk. This is a walk where you focus on listening to […]

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I was on staff at a retreat house and, as leader of song, I had a full view of the congregation for every gathering. One Sunday afternoon at the closing retreat Mass, I noticed a young woman I had not seen all weekend. Granted, there were about 175 women gathered, but most had gray or […]

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I recently had the privilege of taking care of my niece’s children while their older sister made her confirmation. During the course of the morning, Dominic, a kindergartner, came up to me with a dollar in his hand and said, “I want to give this to Megan because she is doing a hard thing.” He […]

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Saints come in all colors, and this week the two we celebrate are green and red. These colors pale in comparison to the qualities and characteristics of the lived faith of these saints. As I thought about these brothers – our brothers in faith – I couldn’t help but also see them as inspirational as […]

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Words can uplift, affirm, and bless. Words can also mislead, falsely acclaim, and detract. As we celebrate the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, she can attest to both. First, let’s not miss the word “saint.” A saint is one who is a holy person, a person who is revered and honored. She was called by […]

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“May we one day meet merrily in heaven.” St. Thomas More wrote these words to his family, in particular to his wife, Alice, and his daughter Meg, shortly before his execution, which was ordered by England’s King Henry VIII in 1535. This was a critical communication because Alice and Meg did not fully understand why […]

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Mary is a remarkable woman! I have grown in my affection for her over the years. When I was in grade school, in the 1950s and 1960s, the May crowning of Mary was always the highlight of the year in my parish. Being a girl, this was especially a big deal for me because girls […]

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