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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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Finding a bold friend in St. Catherine of Siena

Finding a bold friend in St. Catherine of Siena

| Alyssa Bormes | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

With her April 29 feast day right around the corner, it seems like a good idea to talk about a friend.

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Starting at the beginning

Starting at the beginning

| Alyssa Bormes | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

It used to be that I only had seven siblings, but then my widowed mother married a widower, and nine more siblings became a part of it. Brenda is Jim’s oldest, and I am Karol’s youngest. We had only met two times when we decided to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain, ending at the resting place of St. James the Greater’s relics. We will be leaving this summer.

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St. John Paul II and the call of Divine Mercy Sunday

St. John Paul II and the call of Divine Mercy Sunday

| Alyssa Bormes | March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2005, Easter was on March 27, and Divine Mercy Sunday was on April 3. It’s the same this year. It will be 141 years before this will happen again. See if you can recall Easter 2005. For me, it will always be bright in my memory.

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The best part

The best part

| Alyssa Bormes | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

You know how you sometimes buy a $100 raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip to the Holy Land, and then regret the purchase because for that kind of money, you ought to be walking away with groceries in your hands? But then you realize the money is going for a good cause — the parish — so then you forgive yourself, and then you forget about it, but then you win?

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The shirt box

The shirt box

| Alyssa Bormes | February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Treasures are funny. So are those little boxes that we keep them in. Usually, when someone finds our treasure chests, the “treasure” part might not be immediately recognizable. I have an old shirt box with scraps of paper, and it is full of gems — that is, they are gems to me: written gems.

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Finding mercy in friendship since 1988

Finding mercy in friendship since 1988

| Alyssa Bormes | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are very few things that I have consistently done since 1988. Some of this is a mercy. Blue eye shadow is no longer among my cosmetics; shoulder pads are absent from my closet. However, since January 1988, two great friends have been in place, and we have a wonderful story.

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The mystery of male-female complementarity

The mystery of male-female complementarity

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 4, 2016 | 7 Comments

James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.“

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Build an altar

Build an altar

| Alyssa Bormes | February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year it’s a little different. Some years the anniversaries pass quietly; this year they were harder. On that December day after Mass when I told my friend that my younger child would have been 25 years old, the intensity of my tears surprised me. It was the same just a few months earlier when my older child would have been 26. The two “counselors” who spoke of the relief that abortion gives never mentioned that the ache of anniversaries intensifies after your own mother dies. Maybe they didn’t know.

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Realizing gratitude

Realizing gratitude

| Alyssa Bormes | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

High school teachers everywhere know what it is like to have students in class who are only there because it is a requirement. This is why a required speech class can really be an adventure. Public speaking is terrifying! In my experience, there is usually one student who is excited to take the class — and he or she shows up every five or six years.

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Can there be too much mercy?

Can there be too much mercy?

| Alyssa Bormes | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are times when it is all just too much. We are too busy, too overwhelmed, tired, lonely or a host of too many other things. But are there ever times when mercy is too much?

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