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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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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
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The ceiling of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church soars more than 70 feet high, supported by walls of cast stone, brownstone and brick. Looking out across the congregation from a folding chair in front of the sanctuary steps, my eyes moved upwards across soaring stained glass windows, as if following... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at My Mother's Bread
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We all have a story. For families, the story includes those of parents, children and the ones we love, living life intertwined, each person affected, for better or for worse, by the joys, sorrows, and choices of those whose stories touch ours. Sometimes, it is in the darkest moments of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at My Mother's Bread
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Mr. Trump: In one of your recent speeches you assured the American people that you were highly educated and that you know words, and that you have the best words. It seems your favorite word is “I” – something that should give cause for concern to every American voter –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Wellspring Communications
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One two separate occasions in the same restaurant, I sat in a booth behind two people during what was obviously a performance review of the employee. The same person presented the review on each occasion, each time to a different person, so it seemed to me this was his common... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Wellspring Communications
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Today a beautiful red cardinal lighted on the head of a cement pelican that sits on one of the posts on my front porch railing. He cocked his head to the side and looked in the window at me, where I sat at my desk, as if to ask what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at God Talk and Tea
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For many years, I believed that being submissive to God meant accepting everything that came my way without complaint, without anger, without moaning and groaning. But as I grew in my understanding of the spiritual life, I realized that the very demonstrative, outspoken and loving women in my family were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at My Mother's Bread
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The stories of the saints are chock full of inspiration, so when I had the chance to speak to more than 400 Catholic school teachers recently, I decided to share one of my favorite stories, attributed to an event in the life of St. Anthony, a powerful preacher and insightful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at God Talk and Tea
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Outside the historic John B. Lindale House in Magnolia, Delaware, once the home to one of the last great peach barons in that state, stands a sign that reads: “This is Magnolia, the center of the universe around which the earth revolves.” I could hear the outrage in the response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Wellspring Communications