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Mary Regina Morrell
Ortley Beach, NJ
Just an ordinary person sharing the beautiful, difficult, mystifying journey of life with others on the same journey.
Interests: God, music, singing, philosophy, Hebrew, mysticism, ancient civilizations, animals, writing
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The “C” word. It’s that word! The one that no one ever wants to associate with, until you have no choice. Well that unspoken word crept up on me out of nowhere like a shadow in the dark. It was just a regular, boring Thursday until I got the call... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Mary, dearest Mother, Look on me today, Keep my soul for Jesus, Keep sin far away. Teach me how to love Him, As the Saints and Angels do, Teach me how to pray to Him, Simply, - just like you. Let me receive Him always With faith and joy and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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As Sept. 29, the Feast of the Archangels, and Oct. 2, the Feast of our Guardian Angels, quickly approaches, I find myself reflecting back on the many, and unexpected, signs I have received over the last seven years from “my” angels. As Christians, we learn that we all have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the world: we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day. Help us to love You and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You. As I light this candle, let it always remind me that You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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It’s funny how often we come across insights that resonate profoundly with our circumstances at different times in our lives. Today, I found one in my in-box, in the form of a newsletter, “Living in Season,” by Waverly Fitzgerald: “I feel that urge that so many of us feel in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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1. Mary’s sorrow, when she receives the prophecy of Simeon, whereby a sword will pierce her heart. 2. Mary’ sorrow, when she must flee with her baby Jesus and husband Joseph – the flight into Egypt. 3. Mary’s sorrow, when, with Joseph, she seeks her young son Jesus, lost in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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Mother of silence, who watches over the mystery of God, Save us from the idolatry of the present time, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the eye-wash of memory: Take us back to the freshness of the origins, for a prayerful, penitent church.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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"Mary, woman of listening, open our ears; grant us to know how to listen to the word of your Son Jesus among the thousands of words of this world; grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person we encounter, especially those who are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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There is something special about fall. I am reminded of it whenever the first leaves begin to fall, when the first hint of crispness fills the air, and when I read the magnificent words of poet priest Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Mary, even as a child you were aware of God and open to God’s presence. Help us to open ourselves to the presence of God within us, and allow God to transform us into the love that can transform the world. Deliver us, Lord, from the way of sin and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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Mary, Queen of Peace and patroness of our beloved country, we pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hatred and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We seek guidance for our leaders, peace in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at My Mother's Bread
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‘Things My Father Taught Me About Love’ opens the heart By Lois Rogers/Correspondent In her small book, “Things My Father Taught Me about Love,” author, editor and educator Mary Regina Morrell offers a bouquet of insights on faith, spirituality and family life gleaned from her own garden. Brushed with humor,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Not all relationships get off to a good start. That was my relationship with Mary, our Blessed Mother. She was ever virgin, ever holy and, seemingly through religious art, ever young – about as far away as possible from whom I saw myself to be as a woman, wife and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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This year I spent Mother’s Day away from home, without spending any time with my sons and their families. I had been sick for several weeks and my husband thought a few days away at the shore would give me time to rest. The hotel was lovely, as was the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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In my lifetime as a Catholic, and particularly as a Catholic writer and journalist, I have been called a lot of things. Often I am charged with being a bleeding heart liberal, other times a right-wing conservative. I’ve been called a heretic, a Jesus freak and a Church lady. I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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As I sat down to order breakfast in our local diner, I remembered a time years ago having dinner here with friends we hadn't seen in a long time. They ordered their perfect meal from the senior menu, but when I attempted to do the same, I was looked at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Inevitably, while sitting at my computer trying to write, e-mail notifications distract me. “Let me just respond to these few,” I think, because, of course, they’re important. Behind me, the phone rings every few minutes, some calls I take, some I let go to voice mail, certain to store them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Near the end of the beloved Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the cold heart of Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed and he exclaims, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” That was London in 1843 and Dickens was writing about making Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at God Talk and Tea
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With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, thoughts of gratitude and giving are close at heart. For those of modest means, the holidays are also a time to be mindful of their money, to keep within a budget. But let’s face it, the pressure to spend is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at God Talk and Tea
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Hate is an ugly word, an ugly emotion and an ugly ideology. It is the antithesis of natural law, the Ten Commandments and every teaching of Jesus Christ. It is responsible for murder and mayhem and the unspeakable torture and decimation of whole races. It is something I have rarely,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at God Talk and Tea