Karen Jean Zielinski is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. She has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1975 and sometimes writes for Healthy Living News — a local health magazine — and is regularly published in two national magazines. Her first book, Hope and Help for Living With Illness deals with health and spirituality. She lectures on chronic disease and coping strategies, and has been active in the National MS Society. For 25 years she has been a team captain of "SisterAct," an MS walk team. She is co-director of associates and director of Canticle Studio, a creative office of products that focus on spirituality and health.

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The middle (of anything) matters

Being faithful to anything requires much generosity. It is the behind-the-scenes activities that might not seem glamorous or important.

Presence: You gotta be there

Simple but hard to live out, our presence to others is fundamental. It is a gift of attention and support, an opening of the mind to be receptive to the other person.

Begging like St. Francis

Francis of Assisi lived centuries ago, but his tradition of begging still applies to society today.

It's not a crying shame to cry

Crying is something that only humans can do. When we see a beautiful work of art, attend a sacred service or a lovely concert, we may cry tears of beauty. These emotional tears seem to be tapping into our deeper, spiritual selves.