Ann Marie Paul is a Sister of Christian Charity from Passaic, New Jersey. She is currently director of the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women, a collaborative ministry of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, and its religious communities. Follow the center's blog at

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The kookaburra's lessons

Recently I shared with the sisters in my local community a song I learned in third grade about the kookaburra bird. Little did I know that the kookaburra would teach me a lesson a few days later.

Turning toward Jesus with Mary of Magdala

When the verb "turn" occurs in the New Testament, it usually involves Jesus saying something significant about discipleship. Mary Magdala and others encountering the risen Lord can help us understand.

Sometimes it's not the sunrise: Listening to the still, small dog

When we're in need of renewal, we need to take the time to rewind the video, play it again (even several times), and zoom in on the motion as closely as possible in order to discern God's call.