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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

Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace

Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace There is an art and a science to slow living. This summer I’m trying to learn both. In music, you can measure it. The tempo called largo – Italian for slow and broad – clocks in at 40 to 60 beats per minute. (Allegro, by contrast, doubles that pace, while presto races up to 200.)...
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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Summer Strain

Summer Strain I would like to take a moment to praise summer. How wonderful it is to be home! The late evening sun casts golden light through green leaves and shines through the windows as my family lingers around the dinner table, eating ice cream mixed with Grandma’s hickory nuts, laughing about the sill...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Compelled to Serve

Compelled to Serve Last week I participated in Mission Evansville, a wonderful local service retreat hosted by our diocese. It prompted me to consider what actually causes us to act. We often see needs in the community, but we don’t respond – usually because of that fatal preference for convenience. The b...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mornings with Jesus

Mornings with Jesus On average, in addition to all my work reading, I finish a book a month for enjoyment … well, until my daughter was born—she has limited what I read in the evenings to fictional novels that can be consumed in small cognitive bites. The content, then, obviously is neither nourishing to m...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Is Everyone a Poet?

Is Everyone a Poet? We all desire stronger relationships. Strengthening relationships requires good communication, though, which requires expressing ourselves well. This self-expression necessitates mediums beyond just dialogue because other things—such as poetry, song, and dance—reach depths of communicat...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Authentic human connection is still the best

Authentic human connection is still the best My husband and I drove by a couple of teenagers holding signs advertising a bake sale. Neither of us could read the signs from our car, and we continued on our way to the gas station less than a hundred yards away. I reached for my phone, thinking I’d look on the internet to see what the bake...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, they insis...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019