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Martha or Mary?

Martha or Mary?   Have you ever been heading out the door to a meeting on a gray and rainy day when you learned it was cancelled? If you have, then you know that disappointment can turn to glee when you realize you have a couple of hours of unscheduled time. Suddenly, you have a decision to make. Will it be a...
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Elevating the care of the handicapped

Elevating the care of the handicapped Wow! I feel like I just finished a six-day retreat. The topic was “The Least of These My Brothers,” and the presider was Pope Francis. I don’t know about you, but I’m an experiential learner; and the pope certainly was an excellent teacher. During his visit to the United Sta...
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Forgiveness offers freedom from bondage

Forgiveness offers freedom from bondage   Sometimes the idea of forgiveness is as scary as diving into a deep, dark pool. Nigerian Sister Francisca Nzeke is sure of it. She’s a member of the Handmaids of the Holy Child, and she’s currently doing post-doctorate work in clinical psychology at St. Mary’s Hospital in E...
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Whack-a-mole

Whack-a-mole   Did you ever play a game of whack-a-mole? It’s an arcade game. To play, you hold a mallet and try to hit toy moles — which appear at random — and force them back down into their holes. I haven’t actually played a real game of whack-a-mole, but this summer I felt like...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

'It was like world peace'

'It was like world peace' So a priest, a rabbi and an imam walk into a….   More on that later.   When I was a teenager, my dad taught pharmacology at the I.U. Medical School in Indianapolis. Part of his job included working with graduate students in the Toxicology Department.   In the summer of 1967, I...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jaya: her gift is reverence

Jaya: her gift is reverence   More than a few years ago, Bishop John McRaith of the Diocese of Owensboro led a day of prayer for employees at the Diocese of Evansville Catholic Center, and one of his comments has stayed with me. He talked about the different gifts offered by Irish Catholics and German Catholics and Itali...
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Susan Tenbarge: Tyler was just always special

Susan Tenbarge: Tyler was just always special It was a splendid June afternoon when Susan Tenbarge left her vegetable garden and took a seat at her wooden picnic table. A friendly cat joined her as she started talking about her oldest son, Tyler. He’s a seminarian studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Evansville. He had been ord...
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

You'll know

You'll know   My Grandma Murray made the best donuts. I didn’t get to see her very much when I was a young girl, but occasionally she and my grandpa would take a few Greyhound buses south from their home in northern Wisconsin to our home in Indianapolis. During those visits, she would head into our...
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Monday, June 01, 2015

Anticipation

Anticipation   I’m living in a state of anticipation, and it sure is fun. There’s going to be a visit soon from my son, his wife and their precious six-month-old son. They live in North Carolina, and I don’t get to see them enough. I know their visit is going to be wonderful. There’...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

A tiny ambassador

A tiny ambassador   My husband and I drove to Henderson, Ky., a few Friday nights ago to have dinner in a small restaurant there.   As we headed south out of town — still on the Indiana side — I began to notice the massive amount of water that was covering the countryside on both sides of the h...
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Monday, May 04, 2015