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Searching for silver linings: grace after the storm

Searching for silver linings: grace after the storm

| Christina Capecchi | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Business was good. So good, in fact, that the family company had become one of the largest breweries in New England, producing 300,000 barrels a year and supporting two generations of Geisels in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A worrier or a wildflower?

A worrier or a wildflower?

| Angela Jendro | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

I love wildflowers. They sing to me the praises of God’s free creativity. I revel in their effortless beauty, delicate movements, and the sheer variety of color, size and shapes. They lift my heart on summer walks and have a calming effect on my over-taxed mind frenzied with the to-do lists, scheduling feats and worries for my loved ones, of a working wife and mom.

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What is the common vector of mass shootings?

What is the common vector of mass shootings?

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Epidemic. That word has been used countless times to describe the spate of mass shootings carried out since the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School in April 1999. It’s a word that not only implies but demands a connection between disparate events that have taken place in every corner of the United States over the past 20 years.

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Sharpen your pencils for the school of love

Sharpen your pencils for the school of love

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Did you know the family is a school of love?

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Embrace the grace of happiness as the family of God

Embrace the grace of happiness as the family of God

| Deacon Gordon Bird | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Family reunions are fun. I donned an old T-shirt this morning from a prior reunion that come August will be going 11 years strong. It carries on its back a quote from St. John Paul II: “The family is the center and the heart of the civilization of love.” Above the quote is a cross, shaped by the names of all the family members on my wife’s side, starting with her parents and ending with the youngest great-grandchild. That is, the youngest at the present reunion moment.

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Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

| Shawn Peterson | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

After five very blessed years as associate director for public policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I have decided to pursue a new opportunity with Catholic Education Partners, an organization whose mission is to advance public policies that empower families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. I firmly believe that giving more children the opportunity to receive a great Catholic education through parental choice is one of the best ways we can spread the Gospel, bring more people to Christ, and build a better and just society.

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To witness, we must have wounds

To witness, we must have wounds

| Liz kelly | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

A spectacular young, single woman — intelligent, articulate, lovely, poised — comes to visit with me to talk about prayer and how she can go deeper in healing. She has suffered a number of serious traumas, and they have created some sizable wounds. And while much healing has already taken place, and she has fearlessly and responsibly pursued healing from many angles, she’s a little concerned about her past, especially with respect to a future spouse. How much can these wounds really be healed? Is she just “damaged goods”?

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Acting courageously in the face of fear

Acting courageously in the face of fear

| Kate Soucheray | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

As we celebrate our nation’s independence from the British monarchy — won nearly 250 years ago and marked each Fourth of July ­— we notice flags flying boldly, proclaiming the liberty and freedom by which our self-governance is best known.

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Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace

Living in largo: in praise of a slower pace

| Christina Capecchi | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is an art and a science to slow living. This summer I’m trying to learn both.

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Attention in an age of distraction

Attention in an age of distraction

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Behold” is my favorite word in Scripture. Every time it shows up, we’re summoned to snap to attention and take notice. God is about to do something new. Let’s not miss it.

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Embrace the ordinary

Embrace the ordinary

| Deacon Gordon Bird | June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

More green hues are seen from the pews and a new weekly numbering scheme commences as Ordinary Time picks up on the momentum of Pentecost. Two thousand years ago or so, no time was squandered as the age of the Holy Spirit manifested in the early Church. Baptizing, teaching, preaching and transforming hearts and minds to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ via the evangelization efforts of his disciples was alive and well.

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To kill the cult of personality

To kill the cult of personality

| Liz Kelly | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A year or so ago, my very talented and prayerful assistant convinced me I needed to develop a better website. I dragged my feet — and legs, and arms, and torso and half-hermit heart. The thought of “marketing” makes me nauseous, and social media in general disturbs my spirit. I wonder what Jesus, who never consulted a publicist or created a branding strategy, thinks of such hubbub.

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