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Author: Nancylee Novell Jonza

Faith is a Relationship

Faith is a Relationship

For years, when I taught English, I tried to hide my profession because whenever I met someone new, I often heard an embarrassed plea, “Oh, please don’t correct my English; I’m terrible at grammar!”  I would quickly assure the person that I only corrected papers turned in for grades, so worry was needless.  And I was speaking truth–I never noticed problems with spoken English, and didn’t feel responsible for correcting anything written (newspapers, magazines, letters) unless someone specifically asked me…

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The Insanity of Prayer

The Insanity of Prayer

Every morning my cat Minerva drives me nuts. The moment I sit down at the kitchen table, she starts jumping up on it.  And I start telling her–in no uncertain terms–to get down. “No,” I shout, and if I’m lucky, she jumps to the floor.  Then, in less than 30 seconds, she jumps up again. “No, down,” I shout (she never responds to less than a shout), but it never works a second time.  So I grab the nearby squirt…

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Still Dancing With God

Still Dancing With God

“How can you stay Catholic?” a friend asked me recently.  “For that matter, how in this day and age, can you believe in God at all?” I’ve faced these questions before–sometimes, I’ve been the one asking the questions of myself–and until recently my answers have dwelt on my personal experiences or my love of the ritual and Tradition (yes, capital T) of the Catholic Church.