Not by Sight

December 03, 2013
What do you put in the collection basket?
By Cheryl Dickow

What you put in the collection basket says a lot about you and where you are at in your journey.

Some of us put in our 10 percent tithing without a second thought.

Some of us put in the few “extra” dollars we may have.

Some of us struggle with the need to “give” to the already “rich” church and so put in very little.

I remember once when one of my sons was quite young and had – unbeknownst to me – picked up all his change from his room and put it in the collection basket as...

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Did you ever notice that the Advent season seems to come and go in the blink of an eye? All of a sudden you find yourself at Christmas Mass wondering how your time to prepare for Christ so easily slipped through your fingers.

Darn! You had promised yourself that this Advent would be different. You wouldn’t be caught by surprise, yet again! You bought Advent prayer books and an Advent wreath kit. You had great intentions to make this Advent season very different from last.

But already you...

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November 19, 2013
De-stressing the Christmas season
By Cheryl Dickow

The Christmas season which ought to be one of peace and good cheer is often everything other than tranquility and joy. Family events and fractured relationships bring stress where they should be gatherings that refresh and renew.

For a Christian, this really doesn’t have to be the case. It really shouldn’t be the case and a few tips to take into the Christmas season will help replace angst and strain with harmony and pleasure.

First and foremost, Christmas is the time to celebrate...

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November 12, 2013
Fool for Christ
By Cheryl Dickow

The rich man asked Jesus what was necessary to enjoy eternal life. Apparently the man had been a devout follower of the laws but still questioned what that final “piece” needed to be for his own salvation. I think it is interesting that the guy knew, in his heart, that more was still being asked of him. Unfortunately, the answer saddened the man, for Christ told him that he had to sell all his possessions—and the guy had a lot of stuff!

We don’t know, based upon the reading of...

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November 05, 2013
Study Mary with the Popes
By Cheryl Dickow

I was so delighted to receive permission from Libreria Editrice Vaticana to collect a dozen papal encyclicals together in one book for a truly unique Marian study. As I shared with the prelate, my goal for the gathering of these documents was to show how the teachings of Mary have evolved through inspired revelations beginning with Pope Leo XIII in 1891 and ending with Pope John Paul II’s 1987 encyclical Redemptoris Mater (The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Church).

It was an honor...

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October 22, 2013
e-Crusades are not evangelization
By Cheryl Dickow

My friend and I purchased tickets to a local event in which our Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron was engaging in a dialogue with Rabbi Joseph Krakoff from the Shaarey Zedek congregation in Southfield, Michigan on the topic of Genesis.

The event—which was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Jewish Federation—took place at the Maple Theatres in Bloomfield, Michigan on a humid Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, seating at the Maple Theatres is awesome: it is roomy and...

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October 15, 2013
Starting a book club
By Cheryl Dickow

Every year about this time I get a number of inquiries about women’s groups. Summer is winding down and the anticipation of autumn stirs a woman’s spirit towards a more contemplative time of year.

I love hearing that women want to start study groups or book clubs; and so I always try to post an article on how to get something like this started. (And I’m always available at [email protected] to answer questions!)

I was recently invited on Brian Patrick’s EWTN Sonrise...

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October 08, 2013
By Cheryl Dickow

I never understood cutting. Or really gave it much thought.

In my years as a middle school teacher, if any of the students had actively cut him or herself, I was completely unaware.

Ditto regarding my years as a mother of teens.

Then an adult friend said something to me recently that really took me by surprise.

She had a sibling who had died and the subsequent days were filled with a sort of grief that became somewhat unbearable to her. Family relationships being what they are—and my...

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October 01, 2013
Garbage cans and purgatory
By Cheryl Dickow

Our kitchen garbage can is actually 26 years old. I bought it when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Jared. And it really is in good condition, considering its age.

The only problem with it is that the lid's opening is in front, versus on the top. So to throw trash away, you have to use your hand -- or the actual trash -- to push the flap in and then you can throw your garbage away by opening your hand and letting it drop. Sometimes it is best to just lift the lid off and throw things...

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September 24, 2013
The five friends a woman needs
By Cheryl Dickow

Jesus called us “friend” giving us insight into the importance of friendship.

We know his friends were as varied as we are—and he cherished each in a special and unique way, teaching us to do the same. Although his is our first, most important friendship, our earthly friendships also have special blessings for us.

There are five friendships that every woman needs in her life.

1. A woman needs a friend with whom she can pray. Not just words over a meal but the sort of Holy Spirit prayers...

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