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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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Many years ago while visiting Ocracoke Island, one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I visited an old graveyard dating back to the time of the Civil War. The headstones were lined up in tight rows, almost touching one another. What caught my eye were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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The morning news disturbs me. I know what I’m going to see and, yet, I am regularly overwhelmed at the capacity of human beings to hurt each other, not just in small ways, which are damaging enough, but with viciousness and a total disregard for the life of another person.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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In the morning I cry, O Lord, tears fill my eyes and so gently slide down my cheeks. Why do I shed tears at the break of day? Maybe it is the time I stop and remember the pain and grief that surrounds me. Another request for prayer, another admitted... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Adding Memorial Day to the long list of observances that would need some reinvention since New Jersey went on corona Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine parishioner, Peggy Klotz, brings donations to a distribution table lock down March 21 is a given. Cemeteries will be open so that families and friends... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago, when I thought I would be boiling and coloring eggs and planning a dinner for my large family, I ended up spending the week before Easter in the hospital with my youngest son. It was certainly unexpected, but life doesn’t ask you if you’re prepared before it... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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In his president’s note for the spring issue of Preservation Magazine, Paul Edmondson, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation writes, “Now more than ever, we can look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration. As a nation, we have overcome existential challenges in the past,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Wellspring Communications
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“What are we going to do without Mike?” The sentiment came from a Facebook post after the death of a family member, the cousin of a special friend of mine. As I read it, I suddenly became acutely aware of the thousands of Mikes who have left our lives because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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This insightful and informative piece was excerpted from an larger article from IREX, a global development and education organization. While the information is directed primarily to students and teachers, in this day and age, these are essential steps for all those who wish to hone their skills for navigating the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Wellspring Communications
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So here I am, creating a little fantasy – a room in a beach house which we no longer have, a room where I watched the wildlife, listened to the ocean and wrote; a house that I have missed so much I have never been back to the neighborhood since... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Fugitive at the Beach House
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I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Jonah and the Whale. As a child, reading my full-color illustrated book of Bible stories, I was most interested in how Jonah got in the whale and what it might have been like for him sitting in the whale’s belly for three... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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So, here we are. Stuck at home. For many, the situation is challenging, frustrating and claustrophobic. With children home from school, it may seem impossible to meet everybody’s needs all at the same time. Many of us are also working from home, trying to meet deadlines, sanitize every surface and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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When my second son began preschool, an experience relished by his five brothers, his reaction was less than enthusiastic. As we approached the brightly painted door that led to his classroom, I felt myself being pulled backward by the pressure of his tiny hand tugging on mine. Looking down I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Lent is a good time for introspection, reflection and lessons that lead to change When you have children, or grandchildren, you can be certain lessons will be abundant and often tied to the latest munchkin meltdown. Last week it was a box of crayons. My two-year-old grandson knocked his box... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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This year, there will be no celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in the local pub. The pubs, like the restaurants, are closed for celebrations, and, for the first time in history since the 13th century, kissing of the Blarney Stone has been postponed until further notice. Who would have imagined that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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If there’s one event I look forward to every year during Black History Month, it’s the celebration sponsored by the Toms River Branch of the NAACP and the Ocean County Library that combines food and community with a whole lot of soul. This year’s “Celebrate Black History Month” program is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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One of our favorite experiences as a family of eight was dinner in our local diner, even when the youngest were still in diapers. The experience was magnified when we traveled across country with our best friends and their five children. The look on the servers’ faces when we walked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Today is a good day to write about failure, because today I was told that nothing I say is important – a defeating and discouraging thought, especially for a writer. They are words meant to wound, an intention that leads others to self-doubt. Most people, and particularly, most writers, struggle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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We were strangers in a strange land that first Christmas on Yale Avenue. Fresh from Newark by way of a post-World War II respite in Laurence Harbor, we had come ashore to find we were Catholics in a sea of Methodists. At first, they didn’t know what to make of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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This year Christmas will be very different for us and it’s taken some real effort on my part to adjust. My oldest son and his family, including my three young grandsons and a fourth in Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia NICU will not be celebrating with us this year. They will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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When my sons were young, I told them the story of Patrick, the penguin, who, even though he was poor, and a penguin, had the very best Christmas presence and he made a point to share it with everyone he knew who needed some Christmas cheer. My sons, not being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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As a Catholic, I have a confession to make. I read, reflect on and often incorporate the wisdom of other religious teachers in my life. I have always felt it would be arrogant of me to suggest that God limits the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to only those of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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There are those friends in life who have such a way with a turn of phrase that they always keep you smiling, at least, or laughing, at best. I have such a friend, and no matter how poorly I may feel on any given day, her phone calls are sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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For a time, I have become the primary caregiver of my three young grandsons while their parents attend to their newborn who needs specialized care in an out-of-state hospital. I’ll be honest. It’s not an easy transition for someone in their sixties who has adjusted to working from home on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago I began writing a novel, “Ruby, The Life of the Funeral.” My first draft of many chapters was lost when my computer was taken hostage, my files encoded and ransomed for a price – a price I refused to pay. So I lost Ruby, several other books... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Sometimes opportunities come into your life which are not only unexpected, but transformative. Sometimes it’s a new job, a powerful retreat, service to others, or time spent with the sick or dying. Sometimes, it’s as simple as spending time reading. This year I was blessed to be a part, in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at God Talk and Tea