Ablaze Family

The Gift of Hospitality

Written by Kathy DeVet When we got married 27 years ago, my husband and I didn’t really know what we were getting into. That’s pretty normal for married couples. But I really think my husband didn’t expect certain things about being married to me: like how much entertaining I’d plan...
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Knowing Where We Are

Written by Kathy DeVet Yesterday I was driving with my oldest son in the car and we got to talking about proprioception—the sense we have of where our bodies are in space. I commented that I didn’t like being next to a jersey barrier on one side and a tractor...
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Seasons of Life

Written by Kathy DeVet I love the seasons! I am happy to live in a place where we experience all four seasons and the beauties of them. Of course, not everything about each season is beautiful, but that makes those amazing moments or days so special. I saw a mom...
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Memento Mori: Who Do I Want to Be at the Hour of my Death?

Written by Kathy DeVet When I turned 50, I met with my doctor for my annual appointment and he said, "Now that you’re middle-aged…" I didn’t let him finish. “Let’s face it,” I said. “I’m not living to 100, so I am solidly past middle age!” It’s not easy to...
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The Church of Bones

Written by Catherine Sullivan “The Church is made of bones,” our professor stated simply, then continued with his lecture.  My classmates exchanged looks that ranged from skeptical to disgusted. Like, human bones? I could see the question on their faces, but no one dared to ask.  That actually sounds weirdly...
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Sharing the Faith

Written by Kathy DeVet A few days ago, I came across this quote posted on social media: “In order to do something well, we must first be willing to do it badly” (Julia Cameron). Is it just me, or do others find that super hard? If I want to do...
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Building Trust

Written by Kathy DeVet When my oldest son was 2, he wanted me and his father to read him Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina every night before bed. Every. Single. Night. For weeks! Reading that book to him over and over (I can still recite a lot of it...
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Everything I Have is Yours

Written by Kathy DeVet Does it ever bug you at times, like it does me, that after doing a lot of hard work, other people are appreciated and your work is taken for granted? We’re all familiar with the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11-32). Usually, I relate...
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Follow Me

Written by Kathy DeVet https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Calling_of_Saint_Matthew-Caravaggo_(1599-1600).jpg In the gospels, when Jesus wanted to call someone to follow Him, He did it personally. He said right to Peter, to Matthew, to Philip, to the rich young man: “Follow me.” Peter and Matthew and Philip left everything and followed Him. The rich young...
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Can Your Guardian Angel Protect Your Relationships?

Written by Catherine Sullivan When I was growing up, my Irish grandmother had a devotion to the Guardian Angels. Images of angels decorated her home, and on more than one occasion I remember her giving me a pin or a suncatcher in the shape of an angel. For a long...
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