Columns / In Light of Faith
Barbara Hughes
Barbara Hughes is an author, retreat facilitator and spiritual guide. She lives in Virginia Beach and can be reached at

November 16, 2020
Absent travel plans that typically accompany the Thanksgiving holiday, our November calendar looks pitifully bare. With health officials warning against large gatherings, I suspect it’s not so different from that of many families across the country. Yet, unlike families who have lost a loved one during the past year, empty places at our holiday table are temporary, a reminder to keep things in perspective. Reflecting on the rising death toll from the pandemic reminds us that we are part of a larger family, one that transcends physical boundaries, time and, yes, even political parties. It so happens that the deadline for this column is Nov. 3. However, by the time this issue of The Catholic Virginian reaches your mailbox, the…
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