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All the news that's fit to print “Wife Returned After Having Fine Funeral.”  The headline of a 483-word story in the March 15, 1904, edition of The New York Times bore a sly nod to Tom Sawyer. A man named Ignacio Valente was charging the city with a funeral bill he had been wrongfully issued, according to the Time...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

How did your Lent go?

How did your Lent go? How did your Lent go? Mine wasn’t exactly as planned. If you followed your Lenten resolutions to a T, that’s awesome – and now you have the Easter season to celebrate; if you didn’t, that’s ok—you now have the Easter season to celebrate! God is ever present in ou...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Reality check: the ordinary is extraordinary

Reality check: the ordinary is extraordinary I am afraid that I mention Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI) “Introduction to Christianity” too frequently, and I refrain from referencing it on many occasions because I don’t want to cheapen it. I don’t want “Intro” to become meaning...
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Let's lose control

Let's lose control I'm tired of society being so contradictory. I see the extreme New York abortion laws, states battling for varying levels of legality for killing unborn children, and other arguments on social media and in my workplace to elevate women's "rights" above all else. Yet on Pinterest last week...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Feed the passion of your faith

Feed the passion of your faith As a cradle Catholic who was blessed enough to attend Catholic schools for 12 years, I thought I was a pretty good at being a Catholic. After choosing to attend the University of Evansville, I thought to myself, “This may not be a Catholic university, but you have trained 12 years for this. Y...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

God understands us best

God understands us best Sometimes, we can feel desperate in our attempts to be understood. Our various methods of communication are shallow when we need depth. Our deepest desires are to be known and loved, so a lack of effective communication makes us feel isolated. Our words are hapless attempts to translate o...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

It's time

It's time It’s time. For me, it seems like the Christmas season glided so quickly into Ordinary Time, and how soon Ordinary Time is coming to a close—Lent begins next week! It’s time to pray about how we can enter the desert and prepare for the resurrection of Christ. Although Lent is diffi...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Trusting in God's Unfailing Love

Trusting in God's Unfailing Love A friend of mine recently sent me a handwritten copy of the Litany of Trust. It starts out with the words, “From the belief that I have to earn Your love: Deliver me, Jesus.” After I read this, my heart stopped. The truth of this one statement spoke to me so clearly that I knew in an in...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Absurdity of Reality

The Absurdity of Reality Imagine: we are gathered with our family and friends, waiting for a report on a very serious, life-changing operation for a dear friend. Finally, someone brings the good news that the wait is over. The operation was enormously successful, and we can celebrate! But instead of expressing our exciteme...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Word of the day

Word of the day One of my friends got involved in Toastmasters, an organization that focuses on improving public speaking and leadership skills. One aspect of the first meeting she attended was the Word of the Day. Participants were encouraged to use the word as they could in their speeches, interactions, and dial...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019