Silence of the Lambs or the Wolves?

Featuring a guest post today, written by my sister Sonetta. ----------------- The other posts on this blog describe my grandmother, a gentle and loving lady, and her inclination to stay silent about the treatment received at the hands of Son 2 and DIL 2. Even though my father, mother, sister, and I speak up for her, …

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When Pride Replaces Familial Love

I called my grandmother Mercy at the start of Holy Week. Her cheerful greeting was music to my ears; it had been too long since I'd heard her sound like her usual self. Her back pain had reduced and she'd been walking more frequently, she said. However, the hope that bloomed in me at her upbeat …

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Can a Christian Cut Off Family?

Family disputes, though complicated, are not uncharted territory where those mired in them must navigate blindly. Advice on the subject is abundant. Ultimately whether a dispute is resolved depends on the intentions of those involved: do you strive for harmony, or do you deliberately cause division? For us as Christians, there should be no choice except resolving …

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Keeping a Family Together: A Lesson in Forgiveness

I first found out about the circumstances surrounding my birth at the age of 14. My grandmother Mercy wanted to take me to the Infant Jesus feast celebrations at a church near her home, as she’d done many times before. At that age, spending time in a church beyond my weekly Sunday mass wasn’t something …

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