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Breaking the curvature

Breaking the curvature

| Vincenzo Randazzo | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

At the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference March 10, I knew our keynote speaker, Msgr. Thomas Richter, would be good.

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A father’s love

A father’s love

| Bryant Ortega | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

I remember sitting around as a teenager hearing stories of my dad coming to this country to pursue the American dream. The more he told me, the more I wanted to know about the intense experience he endured and why he would leave his parents and loved ones. He always said he wanted a better life and to one day give that to his family. It sounded a bit cliché, like your typical immigrant story told in movies, but I accepted it.

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To be a watchman

To be a watchman

| Ben Tlougan | January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s about 2345 hours, and there is only a little light from the moon to help us see. My partner and I are on tour duty. Along with about four other two-man teams, we’re keeping watch over our base in northeast Afghanistan.

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Our marriages support our priests

Our marriages support our priests

| Brad Parent | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

As soon as I hung up the phone, questions began swirling in my head. When the dust settled a bit, I realized that in addition to all the questions I had about my brother, I also couldn’t help but ask myself, “What does this mean for me?”

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Entering the storm

Entering the storm

| Vincenzo Randazzo | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

A friend told me about a family stuck in a blizzard late at night in an unfamiliar, remote area. They’d seen no one else on the road in hours. Their car, though safe and mechanically sound, ran out of gas. Their cell phones were dead, and even if they had power, reception was low.

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Rooting out sin

Rooting out sin

| Vincenzo Randazzo | October 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

I recently watched a video prescribed by the USCCB for parents informing them about the dangers of pornography and cyberbullying. It opens up with a conversation between two mothers talking at the kitchen counter. One is looking for a recipe online for her friend. “That’s strange, my history is deleted,” she says ignorantly.

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Fathering at Mass

Fathering at Mass

| Vincenzo Randazzo | August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I remember how the Church I grew up in did not have statues or artwork or anything really interesting to look at, so as a small child I would kind of rotate between watching the ceiling fans and playing with my brother, or I would lean on my Dad and just doze off. On the other hand, a friend who grew up attending a beautiful church said that he would observe the stained glass, often from his father’s arms, during the whole liturgy.

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Living the Act of Contrition

Living the Act of Contrition

| Vincenzo Randazzo | July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

A while back, I was hanging out with a friend and having a beer. I’ll call him Angelo for this story. I could tell something was troubling Angelo as I cracked open a pint and handed it to him as he sat down. He took a deep breath, and with sad conviction he said, “I screwed up. I royally screwed up.”

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

| Vincenzo Randazzo | May 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

You know the feeling: You are being greeted by a lot of familiar people, they all know your name and you’ve forgotten theirs.

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Men who turn heads — to Christ

Men who turn heads — to Christ

| Vincenzo Randazzo | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our two cars pulled into the church lot right next to each other. We all stepped out, 10 men, suited up and looking sharp. Dressing to the nines and going to Sunday Mass is normal for my friends and me, but our normal was interrupted this particular Sunday.

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Fighting the good fight

Fighting the good fight

| Vincenzo Randazzo | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Who do you think would win in a fight — me or Enzo?”

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The price of fraternity

The price of fraternity

| Vincenzo Randazzo | February 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

A dentist, an IT buff and a radiation therapist walk into a bar. They each pay $2 for two beers and they make a toast to Our Lady.

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