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Sharon Krause

Sharon Krause is a longtime resident of Manchester, CT, where she is a wife, mother and grandmother. Born in Middletown NY, she earned a BA from Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY, and is a graduate of the Archdiocese of Hartford CT Catholic Biblical School. Over the years, she has served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, a CCD teacher, and has been a writer for “Quest,” reflection booklets for Small Christian Communities. Sharon has worked in direct sales, retail sales and customer service. She enjoys writing both prose and poetry. Currently, she is a reader/ lector at her parish church, St. James.

 

Good ol’ tropical storm Isaias paid a nasty visit to my neighborhood and left part of the street on which I reside with no power for almost five days. That may not sound like a lot of time until you are the family without electricity to power an air-conditioner in very hot August weather or […]

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Sometimes I think about the different neighborhoods I have lived in over my lifetime. When I was a child, the people that lived in the nearby houses were, for the most part, familiar and friendly with me and each other. The first neighborhood I encountered after I got married was quite different. The houses were […]

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Having never been to Rome, I have not had the privilege of visiting the Basilica of St. Mary Major. My research tells me that it is one of the four major churches in Rome, a patriarchal cathedral, the largest church in the world that honors Mary, the mother of God. Originally built in 313, it […]

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When so many things in life are habitual, it is easy to lose sight of the true depth of meaning in them. When we slow down our pace a little, it is possible to refocus our attention and find new value in the familiar. For example, here are a few thoughts about the prayers and […]

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What a nuisance! A certain weedy vine kept growing up around the railing of our porch and even through the floorboards. It was heading toward the mailbox mounted on the porch wall near the front door. Persistent vine!   On our walk around the neighborhood the other day, I noticed for the first time a […]

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Soul of Christ, be my sanctification, Body of Christ, be my salvation. Blood of Christ fill all my veins, Water from Christ’s side, wash out my stains. Passion of Christ, my comfort be, O good Jesus, listen to me. In thy wounds, I fain would hide Never to be parted from thy side. Guard me […]

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Recently, while I was talking on the phone with a dear friend, I happened to look down at my left hand and noticed that the heart-shaped diamond in my engagement ring was slightly turned off-center. I showed my husband and asked him if he thought the diamond was in danger of falling out of the […]

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When we are baptized as babies, our godparents make promises for us. When we receive the sacrament of Confirmation, we renew those promises to renounce Satan, Satan’s works and Satan’s empty promises. We make those same promises during Holy Week Masses, and undoubtedly even in our own personal prayer time. We sometimes break those promises […]

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Whether we choose to or not, we mostly likely see a number of bare feet this time of year. In the hot, humid weather, people wear sandals or flip-flops or nothing on their feet when they can. My question for you today is what kind of information do these barefoot or almost-barefoot individuals bring with […]

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When my husband and I take road trips, I take a little notebook with me and jot down highlights to remember about the journeys. When I go on a religious retreat weekend or to a day of spiritual reflection, I take a journal with me so I can record interesting and helpful concepts I hear […]

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