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‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

| Alyssa Bormes | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just recently, three women gave me a ride. One of the women asked a question that began a conversation about suffering. This later prompted an email to me from one of them who was aching both physically and spiritually. She was then about to have — and has now had — a surgery that has uncovered the need for another, more aggressive surgery. The physical pain has tapped into the spiritual pain. It nearly always does.

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Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

| Alyssa Bormes | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

During this jubilee Year of Mercy, there is a particular gift we have been given — Holy Doors!

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James, meet St. James

James, meet St. James

| Alyssa Bormes | October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

After writing three columns about the Camino this summer, it seemed excessive to do one more. But who am I kidding? I’ll be writing about this forever!

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Supplied for school, supplied for life

Supplied for school, supplied for life

| Alyssa Bormes | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

School supplies in the aisle at the grocery store bring on such nostalgia. Upon seeing them, I usually want to scoop up some notebooks, pencils, erasers and, of course, a new pack of crayons. And, I’m not exactly school-aged.

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My time with ‘Mother,’ now St. Teresa of Kolkata

My time with ‘Mother,’ now St. Teresa of Kolkata

| Alyssa Bormes | September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

It was 2004, and I was volunteering. Sister Edward would assign me tasks, and I never knew what to expect. There were days of washing dishes and days of cleaning bedrooms. There was one wonderful thing; my friend, Ellie, was the best at laundry. Since we were volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, there were no washing machines. Ellie did it all by hand, and I never begrudged her this.

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Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation’s instructor in human sexuality. For Catholic parents, this raises the critical challenge of how best to approach these matters with their children, given that kids as young as 8 or 9 may already be acquiring information and viewpoints about human sexual behaviors from Internet pornography. I would like to present six practical suggestions for parents, culled from parental testimonies and insights, from other experts in the field, and from former users of pornography.

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With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

| Alyssa Bormes | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes saints can seem “dusty” and not able to relate to us today. Among them is St. Bernard of Clairvaux — a mystic, preacher, contemplative and doctor of the Church.

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Hope in headlamps and rooster crows

Hope in headlamps and rooster crows

| Alyssa Bormes | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Well, I got a nickname. It’s “Tortuga,” Spanish for “turtle.” A woman gave it to me on the Camino, which is the walking pilgrimage I’m on across Spain to the tomb of the Apostle James in Santiago.

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The Camino will provide

The Camino will provide

| Alyssa Bormes | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is a saying that “the Camino will provide.” Having completed our second week on the Way of St. James in Spain, my stepsister, Brenda, and I have found this to be true.

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Cows on the Camino

Cows on the Camino

| Alyssa Bormes | July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

It has begun. My stepsister, Brenda, and I have arrived and begun the trek from the northwestern tip of France, across Spain to Santiago, the resting place of St. James the Apostle. The journey has a name: “the Camino” — in Spanish, “The Way.”

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Winks from God

Winks from God

| Alyssa Bormes | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now and then, God gives us “winks” to let us know that he will be testing us, but that we are to still trust him. This summer will be just such a time.

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The perfect host

The perfect host

| Alyssa Bormes | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s been a year since my mother died, and there are certain things that remind me of her. The old copper coffee pot is quintessentially Karol.

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