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A frozen world, a fiery hope

A frozen world, a fiery hope

| Liz Kelly | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

My beloved summer lake has now become a beloved winter lake, frozen into silence and stillness. The ice is thick enough to safely traverse, and my shining water world has become a sanctuary to me, a holy place to walk and pray and listen for God’s voice.

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Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

Evangelizing the ‘gift of the season’ through the year

| Deacon Gordon Bird | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

This time of year we celebrate. Yet we’re reminded of how the Holy Family, who through persecution, joys, labors, prayers and sufferings, dealt with the ups and downs of life.

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The evil within

The evil within

| Jason Adkins | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

In politics today, people have fallen into the habit of condemning the evil in other persons, groups, structures or oppressor classes, while they themselves embrace the role of victim.

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Significant wins seen in the battle against pornography

Significant wins seen in the battle against pornography

| Mark Pattison | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

If it’s happened to one vacationer or business traveler, it’s happened to millions: You turn on the TV in your hotel room. On comes the hotel channel. There’s a menu of options you can click. One of those options will be something along the lines of “Adult Desires.”

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Preparing for Christ

Preparing for Christ

| Kate Soucheray | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent is one of the least understood and least acknowledged liturgical seasons of the Church year. Many of us are quick to think about Christmas, rather than Advent, at this time of year. In fact, we found holiday decorations in the stores before Halloween so we could get a jump on our shopping. But here we are in the beginning of December and we likely have not even engaged in the season of Advent.

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Embracing divine revelations, accepting the unknown

Embracing divine revelations, accepting the unknown

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

It all started with a lost birth certificate. The Holy Spirit was at work that day and hasn’t slowed down since.

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Crowded church? That’s good news

Crowded church? That’s good news

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people are going to join us on Dec. 24 and 25 who don’t normally come to church. They will take our parking spots, our usual pews, our hymnals and our coat hooks.

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Offering thanksgiving

Offering thanksgiving

| Our Sunday Visitor Editorial Board | November 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

When President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863, the United States was embroiled in the Civil War. And yet the language employed by our 16th president in his proclamation that year was rich in its imagery of unity among people and gratitude toward God, as he encouraged every one of his fellow citizens to observe this “Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

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Striving for unity in all seasons

Striving for unity in all seasons

| Deacon Gordon Bird | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The robust, seasonal fluctuations we now experience come with celebrations and holidays — both secular and religious. As we press on in November, making adjustments to colder weather patterns, we honor veterans, celebrate Thanksgiving and, with a Catholic slant, prepare for a new liturgical year via Advent.

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(Civic) friendship is an apostolate

(Civic) friendship is an apostolate

| Jason Adkins | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

When you read this, the 2018 elections will have passed. The anger will continue to boil, and new opportunities for outrage will undoubtedly abound. The demonization of political opponents will persist, and the saddling of the American presidency with criminal investigations and threats of impeachment will likely become a permanent feature of our politics.

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Make some desert in your Advent

Make some desert in your Advent

| Liz Kelly | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was just one of those days. I found myself sitting at my desk, overwhelmed with work and deadlines and decisions to be made, deep concerns over loved ones seriously ill. I love my work and my life, but it was just piling so high. I needed to go walk in the desert with Jesus a while.

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Use your words

Use your words

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two groups ask me often what they can do to help their children grow in faith: parents of toddlers and parents of young adults.

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