Not by Sight

February 18, 2014
Goal oriented
By Cheryl Dickow

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In ten?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If you win the lottery what would you do?

We get asked – and ask ourselves – lots of goal-oriented questions. It might be in a classroom or in a job interview. Wherever it is – or whatever causes us to identify goals – we find that we are always looking ahead. We vow to lose ten pounds and fit into a cherished pair of pants. We save our pennies for a new couch or a necklace.

Looking ahead can...

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February 11, 2014
Lousy Godparents
By Cheryl Dickow

You’ve been poorly catechized and didn’t really understand the role of a Godparent for your newborn baby and so you gave this honor to your best friend since 3rd grade. It made sense at the time and you both giggled and loved the whole idea of it. Now, years later, you no longer speak to your best friend since 3rd grade. You’ve come to regret this poor choice – in a very big way – and don’t know what to do about the lousy Godparent you chose.

You have been blessed by...

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February 04, 2014
Mental illness
By Cheryl Dickow

“If I have to be plagued with mental illness, then I’m going to be the best mentally ill patient I can be!” proclaimed 60-something Amy.

I half laughed and half choked at the statement but knew that Amy’s declaration was sincere. It seemed quite funny at the time but, let’s face it, mental illness is no laughing matter.

In fact, Amy’s announcement haunted me for many days.

I’ve known Amy for about 10 years and each time I see her, I am overwhelmed by how remarkable she is. She...

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January 28, 2014
Healing oils of the Bible
By Cheryl Dickow

The Bible is filled with references to oils, spices, balms and the traders and merchants who sold, bartered, and used them. They are fascinating and give us a glimpse into the ancient world of medicine.

At their very basic level, these oils are made up of a unique, natural substance known as a “terpene.” These compounds—whether monoterpenes or sesquiterpenes—are said to hold powerful healing properties. Although none of these statements are verified in the current medical...

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January 21, 2014
The 'dead to me' list
By Cheryl Dickow

I’ve read that the Clintons have a “dead to me” list. Specifically, it seems that Hillary does in regards to her presidential campaign. I guess it would actually be a “dead to us” list because the Clintons seem to be known for their cohesiveness when it comes to achieving political goals.

And of course, the whole thing may just be a rumor—either way, though, that’s not quite the point anyhow.

Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of appeal in making a “dead to me” list.


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January 14, 2014
The dignity of work
By Cheryl Dickow

“From the beginning therefore he [man] is called to work. Work is one of the characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. Only man is capable of work, and only man works, at the same time by work occupying his existence on earth. Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons. And this mark decides its interior characteristics; in a...

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January 07, 2014
'Even more God is our mother'
By Cheryl Dickow

I don’t really follow Pope Francis; however, as a Catholic I certainly regard the Pope with the respect and honor due his position as successor to Peter.

What I do read about him, I tend to get from my friends. He seems to be loved or hated and certainly has made people sit up and take notice.

I also don’t watch the news in general or read much on the Internet – secular, Catholic or otherwise. I am not on Facebook and I don’t do Twitter. I’ve made a conscious effort in the past...

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December 30, 2013
By Cheryl Dickow

Throughout history the word “light” has been used to portray goodness, charity, kindness, and salvation. Light, after all, removes darkness—whether literally or metaphorically. People say, “She lit up the room when she entered,” or “He is the light of my life.” We understand the significance of those phrases. During the Christmas season—when the amount of actual daylight is at its most limited—we are most fully aware that Christ is the light of the world. It...

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December 17, 2013
Why we still love Lucy
By Cheryl Dickow

I’ve always watched I Love Lucy. Lately, though, I notice that there is something about it that speaks to me in a very personal way. It sort of tugs at me. I can’t say that the show takes me back to anything in particular because it isn’t from a time in my personal life; but, rather, it seems to address a desire for simplicity that lives at the center of my heart.

Despite the fact that in real life the marriage of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz did not survive, I have found in...

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December 10, 2013
The perfect Christmas basket
By Cheryl Dickow

As television commercials and store circulars clamor for you time and money this Christmas season, you may be feeling – like so many others – a yearning to get back to basics.

To reclaim Christmas and its meaning, which isn’t all that difficult to do once you set your mind to it.

One way to do just that is to make a commitment to give gifts that matter – gifts from the heart. Just as the Father gave His Son to us from the depths of His Heart, so we can gifts from the heart as...

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