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The moment of truth

Several years ago I was required to be trained on – and received a license to operate –  a work assist vehicle. The vehicle’s purpose is to help access material in racks that cannot be reached from the floor. The WAV allows just enough room for the operator to stand on a smal...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Living life large

Living life large My husband, Deacon Joe Siewers, serves as the Campus Minister for Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville. He loves this ministry God has called him to for many reasons, including the students, of course – and all he learns from them.     But he has also been blessed by getting to...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

On unconditional love

As I am writing this column, I have just come from hearing the gospel story known as “The Woman at the Well,” in which a Samaritan woman with a dubious social status and a complicated past has an encounter with Jesus that changes her life.  In the story, Jesus promises the woman a...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Walk in a crucified world with a resurrected heart

Walk in a crucified world with a resurrected heart At an annual RCIA retreat before Lent, Lloyd Young, RCIA catechist from Holy Rosary parish in Evansville, gave a talk to the catechumens and candidates of the diocese about his journey through RCIA.   Lloyd’s journey to Catholicism started during Lent, and he has a marvelous way of...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Living legacy

Living legacy It has been six months now since my mom’s death.  These months have been an odd blending of sorrow, celebration and deep introspection. I have found it extremely peculiar how all of these things coexist with such intensity and rise to the surface most very unexpectedly.  The one tha...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

NO HEADLINE

Several months ago the department in which I work was moved to a new area in the factory. One of the many adjustments I had to make was where I would sit with my friend for breaks and lunch. I know that seems minor in comparison to the challenges we all face each day, but it was important for us to...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017

What is your holy water?

I volunteer as a substitute teacher for the Religious Education program in our parish.  I never know what age group I will have until they call me to take a class. The last time I was called, it happened to be the Kindergarten class.  They were a lively bunch but well-behaved.   I no...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

It's time to heal the wounds of political discord

In these last few months, many people in our Catholic community have experienced the pain of having personal and professional relationships strained and even torn apart by angry political discord. A friend of mine recently confided that she blocked many of her parish friends on Facebook because the...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Journeys begin with questions

Journeys begin with questions Every journey of discovery begins with a question.   What if the world is not flat?  Where does life begin?  How does life begin?  What is beyond a star?  What is at the depths of the ocean?  Questions have led people to explore the complexities of the universe, t...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hallmark movies: Lessons for a fuller life

Hallmark movies: Lessons for a fuller life Ok, I will admit it; I am a Hallmark movie watcher. Many of you probably are too – but would never admit it for fear of being seen as sappy or too sentimental.  Well at Mass on New Year’s Day, a fellow Hallmark watcher stepped into the light, and I was delighted. Yes, Father fesse...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017