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Giving up is hard to do

Giving up is hard to do What are you giving up for Lent?   This inevitable question comes each year from a variety of sources: my children, friends, strangers who see the ashes on my forehead on Ash Wednesday...all curious to know the sacrifice I am making for 40 days.   For several decades of my life, the ans...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Feels like home

Feels like home What makes a church or school home?   I grew up attending Mass each week at St. Mary Parish in Kouts, Ind., a tiny town on the outskirts of the Chicagoland area: the same church my ancestors helped build after a tornado destroyed the original building in the early 1900’s. My grandmother...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Looking toward the light

Looking toward the light     For more than four decades I have visited the eye doctor annually.  I have had the same conversation over and over:       Eye Doctor: Read the lowest line you can see. Me: E.   I was the unlucky winner of the genetic lottery, inheriting the family &#...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Finding joy in the season

Finding joy in the season I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy Down in my heart (Where?) Down in my heart (Where?) Down in my heart...   This song has been on replay in my head the last few weeks.  The word “joy” resonates in this holy Advent season. It’s literally everywhere, from the decorati...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

I wonder

I wonder “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Inheriting God's gifts

Inheriting God's gifts Recently, while watching our older son dance and sing on stage while dressed as the most hideous bride one has ever seen, one comment -whispered in the darkness of a small theater - caused my husband to shake with laughter.   “He gets that from me.”   We throw the comment aro...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Winging it

Winging it One of my most enjoyable tasks as assistant editor of The Message is meeting new people throughout the Diocese of Evansville.  Each week brings with it the opportunity to sit and listen as people tell their stories.  Young or old, it never fails to amaze me how quickly two strangers can f...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Make the silence deafening

Make the silence deafening The roar is deafening.     Approximately 200 middle-school students return to the cafeteria after performing their speeches; adrenaline still coursing through their bodies as they enjoy pizza, candy and very loud conversations with their friends.   A lull comes over the cafeteria as...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us this day our daily bread The 25-minute drive from the Catholic Center to Saint Wendel School is generally my reprieve to listen (and perhaps sing along loudly) to the radio and unwind from the day’s stressors.  This past week it seems the luster and majesty of the changing seasons have transformed the tall, gree...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

A day in the life

A day in the life Each day, I am blessed to spend uninterrupted time with my children as I drive them to and from their respective schools.  At pick-up, the conversation always is the same as I ask them to tell me about their day. After hearing tales of student council elections, the killer wasps residing on th...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017