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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.

 

Sources I have read online tell me that St. Rita of Cascia, the saint remembered today (May 22) in our liturgy, is sometimes honored as the patron saint of the sick and bodily ills. She was a very prayerful and charitable woman who lived in Italy in the fourteenth century, A.D. Now, in the twenty-first […]

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If Jesus had had a pet dog No doubt it would’ve been a rescue; That is how our dear Lord saved us, So that would probably make our guess true. The dog, part retriever and shepherd, Would’ve been well trained by its Master: To be a servant bringing back the lost, And protecting all from […]

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As governors and local officials make crucial decisions about getting states and counties back to more usual routines of conducting business, they might do well to pray for St. Isidore’s intercession. I am guessing that humble saint, who is remembered today, May 15, as the patron of farmers and laborers, could easily relate to the […]

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During the Easter season, instead of praying the Stations of the Cross, it might be inspiring to pray what I would call: “The Encounters with the Risen Jesus.” I found seven such encounters in the gospels with which to pray. A verse from the Letter to the Philippians (4:4) could serve as a refrain to […]

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St. Catherine of Siena was a very influential, prolific writer, now recognized as a Doctor of the Church. St. Catherine cared greatly for the poor and the sick. Somewhat fitting for these times, she is a patron saint of nurses. It is apparent that she knew a lot about sharing the light of Jesus with […]

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¿Han notado como las definiciones cambian hoy en día? Conceptos como “internet rápida” es distinto ahora. Lo mismo se puede decir sobre lo que entendemos por “tiempo razonable” y la definición de “familia” que incluye a miembros que no están vinculados por la sangre.   Tal vez cuando hablamos del término “madre” compartimos una definición […]

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The other day, a friend of mine and I said the Divine Mercy Chaplet together over the phone as we prayed for her relative who is in the hospital. It took only a few minutes, but it got me thinking about creative uses of at-home time.   Wouldn’t it be a good idea to teach […]

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As we struggle to get past the bleakness of the virus pandemic, we find hope in the glow of Jesus’ glorious resurrection. We can plant seeds of renewal and joy along with, if we’re lucky, starting our backyard gardens.   I love pumpkins! I love decorating with pumpkins, but more than that, I love pumpkin […]

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With the world health challenges, it is an understatement to say that life has been disrupted this Lenten season, and not because of our usual choices of self-discipline and penance.   Today we celebrate St. Francis of Paola, Italy (1416-1507), who would probably be in his element if he were here. His chosen life included […]

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Note: We can pray with the liturgical readings of the day, even if we can’t attend Mass during the pandemic. Sharon Krause continues to offer her reflections to inspire our prayer.   “Breaking news!” Accompanied by some special music, the news on television is often interrupted by a breaking news update, and it is usually […]

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