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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

Slow me down, Lord

Slow me down, Lord Looking at the calendar, I notice something rare and unusual - there are no events listed for today.  Not a game, not a practice, not an appointment. It is a well-needed respite from a jam-packed summer.     I left my sons with one command before leaving for work today: You have no i...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Come follow me...

Come follow me... We all have our favorite memories of the Fourth of July: picnics, swimming parties, fireworks, sheep running down the highway…     It was the summer of my 16th year, and my extended family had gathered to celebrate.  In our farming world, the Fourth of July was always spec...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Like father, like son-in-law

Like father, like son-in-law The lamp perfectly highlighted the gnawed peach pit resting on the wooden end table. It clearly should have been thrown into a trash receptacle, but that would have required someone moving from the couch and missing part of the game currently being televised.   “Who left their peach pit...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

My own reasons why

My own reasons why A few weeks ago, The Message published Sister Helena Burns’ review of “13 Reasons Why,” a series produced by Netflix based on the novel by Jay Asher. The series chronicles the tale of Hannah, who takes her life and leaves behind 13 audiotapes that explain how individuals had playe...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Gift of Tears

The Gift of Tears This has been a week of tears, to put it mildly. I’ve witnessed joyful First Communion celebrations and attended a heart-wrenching funeral.  I’ve celebrated the 16th birthday of my oldest son and the anniversary of my father’s death.  I’ve heard an announcement of...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quitters never win … or do they?

Quitters never win … or do they? Rick Ankiel, a former major league ballplayer, was speaking with Terry Gross on NPR the other day in what I found to be a fascinating interview.  Once a top prospect as an extraordinarily gifted pitcher, Ankiel wrestled with loss of control as a result of anxiety stemming from wild pitches thr...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket Twenty-two years ago, it was all he could afford. A small red box was presented.  I’ll admit - I knew the question was coming.  The ring was lovely: a princess cut diamond set on a gold band.  Classic.  Timeless.  A few months later, we went together to pick out our...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The twelve dudes that did

The twelve dudes that did My kids had the best book about Jesus and the Apostles when they were toddlers.  It was called “Jesus and the Twelve Dudes that Did.”   “Do you know who the disciples were? Can you name their names? They followed Jesus everywhere and learned how to love like Him. Open u...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017