Author Archives: margaretfelice

The land of the free

The anthem was too slow for my taste, but I’m particular about my Star-Spangled-Banner tempi. We were gathered at the start line, bouncing up and down to stave off the early morning chill. The national anthem, sung by a talented … Continue reading

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7 not-so-quick Hartford Half-Marathons

This weekend I will run my eighth Hartford Half-Marathon, my tenth halffy over-all. After a dismal start to my half-marathoning career at the New Bedford Half-Marathon on a brutal wintry day in 2006, I have learned a lot about myself … Continue reading

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The God who holds

I had become so accustomed to not wanting. My life was easy. Great family, job I could be proud of, self sufficiency, supportive friends: I had a satisfying life. Then in the course of just a few months I had … Continue reading

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7 things I’ve learned from St Francis

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, which has always been a notable feast for me but which has taken on greater significance after I spent three recent weeks in Assisi. That town is rich in Franciscan history, … Continue reading

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What I read: September 2013

After having spent the preceding weeks committed to a long volume of Tolstoy, I decided to play the field during September, dabbling in a few genres. Memories of a Marriage I took a chance and checked a book out from … Continue reading

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7 things I wish I didn’t know

I hate to make mistakes. I try to be really precise in my language and terminology in all fields, especially professional ones. This usually has one of two effects: it takes me forever to say what I want to say, … Continue reading

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Stay Focused: my guest post at ecatechist.com

Dan at ecatechist.com asked me to write some advice to catechists for his series of the same name. There was only one catch: I had to limit myself to 600 words! As always, there was a lot I wanted to … Continue reading

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Faith and Innovation Summit, October 4

Lest I be accused of burying the lede, let me begin by saying this is the story of how I was added to the speaking roster at an upcoming Faith and Innovation Summit. I have a friend named Sam. He’s … Continue reading

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7 insights from Pope Francis’ interview

America Magazine published the highlights of an interview with Pope FrancisĀ from August 2013. The answers reveal a lot about our current Pope and his approach to our world. Though I plan to go back and read a few more times, … Continue reading

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Summer ends now;

Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes, … Continue reading

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