Holy relics: the strange practice of venerating human remains

Eek alert!  In Italy I saw many body parts of saints on display in basilicas and museums.  They represent a centuries-old Roman Catholic belief that the bodies of saints manifest holiness, and therefore, are to be venerated.  It’s very odd. Take for example, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic who worked toward peace within the church. She persuaded Pope…

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Meaningful conversation: is our friendship strong enough for it?

At age 64, I often feel “with it” and young.  But when it’s patently untrue, I then say to my husband, “Gee, I thought I was hip.”  David replies, “You are, Suze, it’s just the hip of 40 years ago.”  Where on the dividing line do I fall? Meaningful conversation guides the way. During a visit with a friend of…

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Mother’s Day is not limited to childbirth

{Photo:  My friend, Adriana Heim, deserves equal recognition on Mother’s Day.} Mother’s Day celebrates the maternal, and that is not limited to childbirth.  A lavish spring bouquet to all the women who cared for us with no less than a mother’s love! It’s taken me a lifetime, at age 63, to fathom the preciousness of motherhood, a blessing with my…

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March for Our Lives: The house of tomorrow reveals itself

(Photo by Suzette Standring:  Granddaughters Lulu and Bella with husband David) Over 100,000 people walked and rallied against gun violence in Boston’s March for Our Lives on March 24. Three generations of my family were there. The gold dome of the Massachusetts State House gleamed in a wintry sky, high above leafless treetops and bundled-up crowds waving signs on Boston…

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March for Our Lives: Reasonable Gun Control Measures

On March 24 in Washington D.C. and across the nation, Generation Z will lead “March for Our Lives.” I, too, will march in Boston for common sense gun protection, such as a ban on assault weapons and effective background checks. School killings are increasing and young people have had enough. Cameron Kasky, a high school junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

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