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The waters of baptism

The waters of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water is the principal symbol for baptism. John baptized Jesus with water in the Jordan River. Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where they baptized others with water (Jn 3:22-23). When Jesus died, water flowed from his pierced side (Jn 19:34), an outpouring of his grace through water. It is a rich symbol filled with spiritual meaning.

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Cultivated by the Master Gardener

Cultivated by the Master Gardener

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

When I first moved into the cozy little house I rent, my yard — especially the backyard — was a bit of a disaster. A double-lot and long-neglected by previous tenants, what green there was was mostly weeds, and there were large, barren spots flooded with mud that bore a striking resemblance to the mud flats of Alaska’s Chugach Sound. (Just think “reeeally muddy.”)

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Infant baptisms in the Church

Infant baptisms in the Church

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The following is meant to help Catholics be more conversant in the Church’s practice and to motivate Catholic parents to prioritize their infants’ baptisms.

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The scriptural basis for baptism

The scriptural basis for baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments. It was established by Jesus and has a strong biblical basis. The Gospels report that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Jesus modeled the reception of baptism. Jesus saw the spiritual value of baptism for himself and, in doing so, showed that those who believe in him should also be baptized.

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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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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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