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Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see? When I finally understand something, I say, “Oh, I see.” If you and I disagreed about something, we would say we don’t see eye to eye. And if you have some wonderful realization, we would call it an “insight.” The concepts of sight and understanding are intimately rela...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Setting matters

Setting matters There’s just something about my backyard. It enchants me, and it offers a particular freedom that allows me to react more readily and authentically to what I receive there. It totally transforms the way I read and interact with things. I work better, I read better, I play better. Somehow, I a...
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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Seek Jesus first

Seek Jesus first “Let yourselves be charmed by Christ, the Infinite who appeared among you in visible and imitable form. Let yourselves be attracted by his example, which has changed the history of the world and directed it toward an exhilarating goal. Let yourselves be loved by the love of the Holy Spirit, w...
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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Searching for silver linings: grace after the storm

Searching for silver linings: grace after the storm Business was good. So good, in fact, that the family company had become one of the largest breweries in New England, producing 300,000 barrels a year and supporting two generations of Geisels in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Theodor Jr. could envision the future: A secure, prosperous one. A bus...
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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Affirming Life as CRS Student Ambassadors

Affirming Life as CRS Student Ambassadors             Being pro-life has always been important to me and my family. I grew up in a family of eight children, and my parents always emphasized that every unborn child is a gift who should be protected from conception onward. I was upset that some people felt they...
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Thursday, August 01, 2019

'The scandal of particularity'

'The scandal of particularity' Sometimes, I find myself feeling slightly guilty for being better friends with people in different ways, especially in terms of calling and texting friends from school this summer. I see the great disparity between my frequency of contact with two very close friends, and it vexes me a little becaus...
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Midsummer crisis

Midsummer crisis Summer is more than half over. As a result, the common topic of conversation has made the inevitable transition from eager anticipation of summer activities to disbelief at the passage of time and disappointment in the laundry list of remaining summer goals. I have noticed that I now talk about the...
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Even fleeting relationships matter

Even fleeting relationships matter The other day, my friend Capria told me how much she loves some of the kids at the camp she is working this summer. It was weird for her to recognize that she never expects to see them again. I thought about the impact this camp has evidently had on Capria, and then I thought about her relationship...
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Getting to know St. Josemaria Escriva

Getting to know St. Josemaria Escriva I’d like to introduce you to a new saint, or, share some nuggets from a familiar one. I believe everyone can relate to him because he teaches seeking holiness in our everyday lives, especially at work, whatever our tasks may be. We each do some sort of work, either at a place of employment or...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

FOCUS is coming to the Diocese of Evansville

FOCUS is coming to the Diocese of Evansville In 1972, when the Diocese of Evansville first assigned a campus minister to what was then Indiana State University of Evansville, the university had an enrollment of fewer than 1,000 students. What a difference the University of Southern Indiana campus is today. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 ac...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019