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Photo by Steve Snodgrass

By Joy Wong

“Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19 NRSV

I recently stumbled upon a piece of literature encouraging stay-at-home moms. (more…)

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By Tina Teng-Henson

I’m back to my
One finger typing
Fragmented thought catching
Reflection writing
For you
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Photo by Toshimasa Ishibashi

By Tina Teng-Henson

I’m living my life
as it is
in this moment
as best I can
So help me God

but I can’t help
constantly imagining
(parallel processing?)
Other lives
Slightly better lives
Alternate future lives
‘If we had only’ lives
That could’ve been (more…)

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Photo by Kevin Dooley

By Joy Wong

I’m currently a full-time stay-at-home mom with a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and another baby on the way. Most days I’m barely getting through the day, just trying to keep everyone fed, clothed, and my toddler diapered. If I can keep everyone bathed, that’s a bonus.

Because of this, my vocational goals in recent years involving ordination and getting certified as a spiritual director have been shelved — which I’m ok with. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Last Sunday, on the way to church, my 4-year-old daughter, Immy, and I stopped by a bodega by the subway station. An older African-American woman standing by the door saw Immy and said, “She’s gorgeous! You’d better lock her up when she turns 16!” I smiled in response and said she’d be taking self-defense lessons, starting early. We bantered on a bit more, and then I headed downstairs to the subway with Immy.

As we rode the subway to church, I thought about the conversation and the woman’s advice to protect and hide my daughter away because of what she looks like. (more…)

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Photo by Craig Howell

Photo by Craig Howell

By Tina Teng-Henson

On my run this morning, I turned into the gateway of the Catholic convent in my neighborhood. As I jogged down the leafy pathway, this thought crossed my mind: “I could always just abandon my husband and kids and become a nun…then I could really focus on serving God.” I imagined Beatrice and Peter visiting me at the convent once a year, watching them grow up from afar. Then I imagined myself crying in anguish, after each visit would end — overwhelmed with regret and remorse for having made that decision. I would miss watching them grow up far too much. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Being the parent of a middle-schooler is not an easy job. Raising a middle-schooler in New York City makes it that much more challenging.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I let Joshua, our oldest son — a slim-built, not-very-tall sixth grader — walk home for the first time by himself. (more…)

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