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Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five children, is an awarding-winning children’s author and freelance writer. She currently writes faith columns and feature articles for the largest daily newspaper in North Dakota, The Forum. She's also worked as a Catholic radio host and diocesan communications director and editor. Roxane blogs on family life, writing and faith at Peace Garden Mama.

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  1. Roxane,
    I am in Indianapolis,IN at Riley Children’s Hospital with my daughter who is being treated for Leukemia. I have also been experiencing the blessings of being Catholic and feeling a close connection with those that I meet who are proud to share their faith with me. It’s great support for us to receive spiritual cards, notes and prayers from family, friends and especially touching from those we do not know. It is a wonderful gift to have Jesus enter our hospital room during the day for us to receive Him in Holy Communion when the volunteer Eucharistic Ministers come by and make that possible, since my daughter is not able to attend Mass. It is humbling to have a priest I do not know, come and administer the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick to my child who has cancer. It was special to recite the rosary with 3 other women whom I have never met before, who were attending a weekday Mass in the chapel here in the hospital while we were waiting for the priest who was running late. It is also comforting to be able to see a beautiful, traditional Catholic Church and attend Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis, amid the hustle and bustle of the big city life and my new life in the hospital and be proud that I am a Catholic.

  2. Roxane B. Salonen on

    Dear Jan, what a beautiful mother’s heart. Thank you so much for responding. You blessed me with your account of faith in the midst of a very difficult situation. Your witness to faith even as you experience a situation that has brought you to your knees is something I will not soon forget. This is why I love blogging. It puts me on the path of people whose faith is clear and bright. I am going to keep you and your family, and your daughter especially, in my prayers. I’m tickled to think we were in Indy at the same time! Please, if you would, let me know how your daughter is doing, and her name too if you would. You can email that to me if you’d prefer.

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