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The Gift of Tears

The Gift of Tears This has been a week of tears, to put it mildly. I’ve witnessed joyful First Communion celebrations and attended a heart-wrenching funeral.  I’ve celebrated the 16th birthday of my oldest son and the anniversary of my father’s death.  I’ve heard an announcement of...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quitters never win … or do they?

Quitters never win … or do they? Rick Ankiel, a former major league ballplayer, was speaking with Terry Gross on NPR the other day in what I found to be a fascinating interview.  Once a top prospect as an extraordinarily gifted pitcher, Ankiel wrestled with loss of control as a result of anxiety stemming from wild pitches thr...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket Twenty-two years ago, it was all he could afford. A small red box was presented.  I’ll admit - I knew the question was coming.  The ring was lovely: a princess cut diamond set on a gold band.  Classic.  Timeless.  A few months later, we went together to pick out our...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The twelve dudes that did

The twelve dudes that did My kids had the best book about Jesus and the Apostles when they were toddlers.  It was called “Jesus and the Twelve Dudes that Did.”   “Do you know who the disciples were? Can you name their names? They followed Jesus everywhere and learned how to love like Him. Open u...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?

Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it? Quotes, memes, inspirational sayings...these float around Facebook and spread more quickly than dandelion fluff.  This week I’ve noticed a barrage of Facebook friends posting a lovely image with the following quote:   “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yes, they are listening

Yes, they are listening A few weeks ago, my youngest son hopped into the mom-van after school and without any prompting, excitedly recounted a parable Father Homero Rodriguez told during his homily at school mass that morning.  That evening he told his dad about the homily, again without any prompting.  A third...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017

The teacher is always quiet during the test

The teacher is always quiet during the test “When you’re going through something difficult and you wonder where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during the test.” - Anonymous   The butterflies in my stomach fluttered early in the morning during my normal waking routines.  Coffee that normally enhanced...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Couple to celebrate Diamond Anniversary

Couple to celebrate Diamond Anniversary What’s the secret of having a marriage that lasts 75 years?   “Don’t die,” Don Kuhlenschmidt quips, invoking laughter from his wife, Margaret. The Evansville couple, who are members of Resurrection Parish, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Valentine’...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Communities of faith, knowledge and service

Communities of faith, knowledge and service     Students in Catholic schools throughout the diocese of Evansville are preparing for the annual celebration of Catholic education: National Catholic Schools Week.  It feels very fitting that the theme for this year’s celebration, held Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, is  “C...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Seventy times seven

Seventy times seven Once upon a time, in the safe, protected world of my children, the biggest mistake one could make in elementary school was getting a yellow card at school. One day, as my youngest son was entering the classroom, another boy decided he was going to pick him up and carry him around the room. As this...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017