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I wonder

I wonder “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Inheriting God's gifts

Inheriting God's gifts Recently, while watching our older son dance and sing on stage while dressed as the most hideous bride one has ever seen, one comment -whispered in the darkness of a small theater - caused my husband to shake with laughter.   “He gets that from me.”   We throw the comment aro...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winging it

Winging it One of my most enjoyable tasks as assistant editor of The Message is meeting new people throughout the Diocese of Evansville.  Each week brings with it the opportunity to sit and listen as people tell their stories.  Young or old, it never fails to amaze me how quickly two strangers can f...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Make the silence deafening

Make the silence deafening The roar is deafening.     Approximately 200 middle-school students return to the cafeteria after performing their speeches; adrenaline still coursing through their bodies as they enjoy pizza, candy and very loud conversations with their friends.   A lull comes over the cafeteria as...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us this day our daily bread The 25-minute drive from the Catholic Center to Saint Wendel School is generally my reprieve to listen (and perhaps sing along loudly) to the radio and unwind from the day’s stressors.  This past week it seems the luster and majesty of the changing seasons have transformed the tall, gree...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

A day in the life

A day in the life Each day, I am blessed to spend uninterrupted time with my children as I drive them to and from their respective schools.  At pick-up, the conversation always is the same as I ask them to tell me about their day. After hearing tales of student council elections, the killer wasps residing on th...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Keep on jumping and find your joy

Keep on jumping and find your joy A group of frogs was hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you Two years.  That’s how long I lived with the underlying premonition that something wasn’t quite right with my health. For two years I had nights where I would lie awake, afraid of what might be wrong.  I would convince myself that it was only the inevitability of reaching mi...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Called to Serve

Called to Serve What is God calling you to do?   What talents lie unused, hidden from the world, because of your personal doubts or fears?   Are you avoiding opportunities to shine?   Each year at the back-to-school gathering, teachers of the Diocese of Evansville congregate for what amounts to a g...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Follow your own path

Follow your own path Not many of us can say we attended elementary, middle and high school in the same building with the same classmates from kindergarten through 12th grade.  In the northwest corner of the great state of Indiana lies Morgan Township, one of three K-12 schools in the East Porter County School Corp...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017