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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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Forgiveness with a smile

Forgiveness with a smile

| Brad Parent | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The heat in the gym was oppressive. The boiler in the building had just been fired up for the winter, but the ventilation wasn’t working properly, turning the gym into a sauna. I was hot, sweaty and annoyed. So I propped open a door.

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The power of witness

The power of witness

| Vincenzo Randazzo | December 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

On a Tuesday morning some months ago, I woke up without my alarm. I looked at my clock, and it was exactly 5 a.m. Typically this is like finding a forgotten $5 in my pocket; I have a whole extra hour to sleep! But a new thought entered my mind that morning: “You should go to confession and Mass.”

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Love makes action easier

Love makes action easier

| Father Tom Margevicius | November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

In elections, we don’t vote only when we think “our candidate” will win; it’s our obligation.

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A father like St. Joseph

A father like St. Joseph

| Matthew James Christoff | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most Catholic fathers are “good dads” who work hard to provide their children’s necessities: shelter, food, education, etc. But in the baptism of their children, Catholic fathers vow to be great fathers — fathers who teach their children to know, love and serve Christ Jesus.

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