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Mary Clifford Morrell
Sharing the beautiful, difficult, mystifying journey of life with others on the same journey.
Interests: God, the human person,power of faith, mysticism, ancient civilizations, holistic healing, animals, writing
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Robert Frost, a renowned American poet, was also a teacher, so he knew what he was talking about when he said, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener." As an awakener, teachers enable students to learn information and develop critical thinking skills, hone insights, become courageous learners who are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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Who would have thought that American icon Bob Ross, a non-imposing, encouraging television artist and TV host popular in the 80s, would be trending in 2022? As youngsters, my older sons sat mesmerized watching “The Joy of Painting” as Bob took his brushes to a canvas and, in half an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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Last week, as I made plans to attend yet another wake for a beloved family member, I did what most of us do in times like this. I remembered what was. I remembered times spent together, celebrations, hardships and simple quiet moments shared. I remembered her unique smile, her indomitable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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With Earth Day fresh in our memories, serving as a reminder of our intimate connection with God’s creation, I recalled an experience which served as an unlikely lesson in divine mystery. As my husband and I pulled into a diner for lunch, I noticed a large black bird with a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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During a recent visit to the drug store, a young child, maybe 5 years old, followed his mom up and down the greeting card aisle. She was looking for a card and gift bag for a baby’ gift, asking for the little boy’s thoughts on her choices. Mom showed him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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Seeking a really special recipe to top off Easter dinner for loved ones and friends this year? Pilgrims, your search is ended! Look no further than the carefully crafted recipe for the mildly sweet rice pie below. Known as Pastiera di Riso, this lovely version originated in the kitchen of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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With food prices rising astronomically this Lenten season, I can’t help but envision my mother during similar financial squeezes. Every Sunday before Mass, she’d go through the food pages in the newspaper, clipping coupons with a manic glow on her face. She’d come of age late in the Depression and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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Headlines recognized it as a miracle. An earthquake let loose an avalanche from a nearby mountain, nearly wiping out the homes and businesses of a small Ukrainian rescuers check the remains of a street in Chernigiv. community and killing thousands. But somehow, the boulders stopped within feet of the local... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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Headlines recognized it as a miracle. An earthquake let loose an avalanche from a nearby mountain, nearly wiping out the homes and businesses of a small Ukrainian rescuers check the remains of a street in Chernigiv. community and killing thousands. But somehow, the boulders stopped within feet of the local... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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I was seeking a simple, inexpensive and tasty dinner recipe to serve friends before heading off to the “Treasures of the Church” exposition at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold Feb. 16, and was blessed, yes, blessed, when I mentioned it to the rector, Msgr. Sam Sirianni during... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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This month's "What Are You Cooking for Dinner?" by Lois Rogers is due to arrive at God Talk and Tea on or around Feb. 18 and will feature a recipe for Parmesan Baked Chicken Milanese and vegetables, a favorite from the rectory kitchen of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral in Freehold.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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As I watched my three-year-old grandson sitting at the kitchen table, creating a Get Well/Valentine card for his great-uncle, it brought back memories of my own sons doing the same thing for their grandfather many years ago. It was Valentine’s Day, so on my way home from the hospital, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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As the pandemic grinds on in its so-far relentless pace, this is the question that has been opening up most conversations around here for quite a while. At first, I found it annoying – especially when one of my friends, who was cooking for her household, would routinely toss it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at God Talk and Tea
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This painting, Immaculate Heart of Mary OLMC, was completed in 2014 for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego by Smith Catholic Art. This image, along with it's companion piece, Sacred Heart of Jesus OLMC, are hoped to inspire strong spiritual devotion. "In her Memoirs (III, 6),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at My Mother's Bread
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As a blogger for a Catholic publisher, my task is to write on topics of concern for today’s parents. This sometimes proves to be a challenge because I am no longer raising children in today’s culture and am sometimes at odds with my own children about how to raise grandchildren.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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Years ago, I saw a statue of Mary with a title I had never seen before - Our Lady of the Smile. It wasn't until recently, after two years of struggling through a pandemic and deep distress for many people, that I made the effort to find out how that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2021 at My Mother's Bread
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Holy Mary, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the father and the legacy of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion. Since then you have interceded for all of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2021 at My Mother's Bread
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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 Oct 17, 2021 at My Mother's Bread
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Something happened today at a funeral that reminded me of a question God posed to me years ago, and it has to do with wisteria. For more than 50 years, our house has been graced with an aged, gnarled wisteria vine growing along a fence on the side of our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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Today I learned that my long-time companion, a sweet and gentle beagle named Taffy, is going to die. This loving animal, a gift from my husband after my mom died, has a very large tumor in her chest, pressing against her lungs and heart. The vet gave me some medication... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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By Lois Rogers, Guest Blogger When the Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi approaches every year, I take a Franciscan inventory of the yard. Happily this year the survey once again revealed that all five – count ‘em five – statues of the saint, including two with bunnies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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As a child, my parents gave me two very oversized, illustrated books of Scripture – one of Old Testaments stories and the other of New Testament stories. I loved those books and while their pages are worn and broken away from the binding, I'm happy to still have them for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s how adept we are at creating “the other.” With more time to read, research and actually pay attention, I began to recognize more fully the need we have for the “other,” that fluid group, or class, against whom we define ourselves as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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After the death of my dad, I wanted to do something special to honor him. It was then that I was given the chance to write a weekly column entitled “Things My Father Taught Me.” About a year after the column was first published, a workshop participant came to me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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One of my favorite places to visit when we vacationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a small book store in the town of Buxton. Set in a charming old house whose property stretched back to the placid waters of the Pamlico Sound, the ambiance of the place... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at God Talk and Tea