Wrenching Ourselves from Distraction to Attend to those Closest to Us

Father Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., writing in the Magnificat Lenten Reader, recalls an etiquette class he was enrolled in as a child.  "One of the most memorable things I learned in the class," he writes, "was always to pay attention to the other person in a conversation.  True communication is impossible if one or both conversation … Continue reading Wrenching Ourselves from Distraction to Attend to those Closest to Us

How to Create True Intimacy (and Avoid Gossip’s Tempting Secrecy)

Little by little, I've been reading Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict as part of a book study with some fellow early childhood educators who want to provide the very best for the children and families they serve. The author, Dr. Donna Hicks, has spent almost two decades facilitating dialog in communities in conflict … Continue reading How to Create True Intimacy (and Avoid Gossip’s Tempting Secrecy)

Why We’re Accountable for Every Careless Word

"But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render account for every careless word they speak.  By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."  (Matthew 12:36) Careless:  "not giving sufficient attention or thought to avoiding harm or errors." It's not a comfortable thing for a … Continue reading Why We’re Accountable for Every Careless Word

Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs

  Boast:  to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride.  In our all-about-me culture, it's becoming increasingly prevalent (and seemingly acceptable) to interrupt and one-up conversations with stories about ourselves. Kirstin Wiigs' SNL character "Penelope" helps me see this side of myself.  I don't like it, but I'm grateful for the humorous take.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGQBFMdJZow   … Continue reading Penelope Unmasks Our All-About-Me Monologs