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A Little Girl’s Fear and a Postponed Sacrament

A Little Girl’s Fear and a Postponed Sacrament

by Vivian Overlease, age 8 Hope Upon Impact: A Miraculous, True Story of Faith, Love, and God's Goodness Before the accident happened I can’t even remember the last words I said to Evelyn. I didn’t want to go pick up...

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Shocked into Silence

Shocked into Silence

by Henry Overlease, age 10 Hope Upon Impact: A Miraculous, True Story of Faith, Love, and God's Goodness I was Facetiming with my friend Leo while we played War Robots when I heard my dad talking on the phone. He...

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Through the Lens of a Big Sister

Through the Lens of a Big Sister

by Olivia Overlease, age 15 Hope Upon Impact: A Miraculous, True Story of Faith, Love, and God's Goodness How can I explain something as unexplainable as Evelyn’s accident? To be honest, I am not entirely sure. But I will try to...

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Seeing the Animals

Seeing the Animals

The size of an avocado, the red knot flies from the southern tip of the world to meet the horseshoe crab at precisely the week that ancient creature crawls from the waters of Delaware Bay to lay her eggs. Mother...

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The Indiana Bat

The Indiana Bat

In Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle Boss describes animal lives imperiled by human lives. This story of the Indiana bat portrays the force of resurrection-within-suffering embedded in creation. Through thick layers of absolute sleep she feels...

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All Creation Groans

All Creation Groans

All creation groans in this one great act of giving birth. —Romans 8:22 “Look,” I said, index finger tapping a dictionary entry, “‘Lent,’ in its root word, means ‘spring.’” My two young sons glanced out the window at the snow-covered...

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The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing

The anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing

Our first mentors in life were women, including our mothers, grandmothers, and teachers. These women were, for the most part, overlooked, unsung heroes. In a similar way, the anonymous author of the 14th-century spiritual classic, The Cloud of Unknowing has...

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Poems from the Porch of Flannery O'Connor

Poems from the Porch of Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925. At age 13 she and her parents, Edward O’Connor and Regina Cline O’Connor, moved to the small town of Milledgeville in central Georgia to live near Regina’s large extended...

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How and Why the Church Makes Saints

How and Why the Church Makes Saints

By Bert Ghezzi “If they, why not I?—If these men and women could become saints, why cannot I with the help of him who is all-powerful?” —St. Augustine Holiness for all. Saints intrigue us. We recognize something special about them...

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