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By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9713-6/22/17

The last few weeks have found me a little emotional. What do I mean by that? Well, the latest incident involved me passing a mother and her six children as they walked into a local fast food establishment (I was leaving from grabbing my caffeine fix) and welling up with tears as I told the woman “beautiful family!”

 

So yeah, emotional.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9713-6/22/17

“Where’s Noah’s long flashlight?!” Jesse hollered as he turned the corner in the hall one afternoon.

 

Before I could offer a “I put it up in his bed,” Jesse continued, “The baby birds flew up AnnaMarie's dress and then fell in the bushes.”

 

“Huh?”

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9713-6/22/17

"Necesitamos, más bien nuestro pueblo necesita, la presencia de la Iglesia Católica. Necesitamos que la Iglesia sea el buen samaritano". Esta fue la súplica apasionada de Monseñor Yousif Habash, Obispo de la Eparquía Siro-Católica de Nuestra Señora de la Liberación ante aproximada doscientos obispos reunidos en Indianápolis la semana pasada para la sesión de primavera de la Conferencia Episcopal Católica. Oriundo de Irak, Monseñor Habash fue ordenado sacerdote de la Eparquía de Mosul, y desde el 1994 ha trabajado en los Estados Unidos.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9713-6/2217

"We need, rather our people need, the presence of the Catholic Church. We need for the Church to be the Good Samaritan." This was the impassioned plea of Bishop Yousif Habash of the Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance before the almost 200 bishops gathered in Indianapolis last week for the spring meeting of the Bishop's Conference. A native of Iraq, Bishop Habash was ordained a priest of the Archeparchy of Mosul, and since 1994 has worked in the United States. He is now the national leader of one of the many Eastern Churches in communion with Rome. 

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9712-6/8/17

Democracy was shining its light on our house just as the supper table was starting to clear for chores and nighttime routines, but the once diffuse glow became a blistering spotlight directly on Yours Truly...and did I mention it can get hot under the gleam of Lady Liberty’s interrogation light?

 

“You have to vote,” Magan said. “Everyone else has.” 

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9712-6/8/17

It took me a few days to get into summer. We got out of school, had graduation and then my children were all ready for summertime while I still had miles to go. When you have a million things going on, it seems impossible to “dive right in.”

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9712-6/8/17

Imagínate sentado en el teatro, contento que pronto escucharás la sinfónica local. Se oscurece el teatro, se abren las cortinas, el primer violinista entra, todos aplauden. El violinista parado ante los músicos señala al oboe para entonar la nota la, y de esta manera afinar todos los instrumentos. Imagínate ahora que el director entra, toma su batuta, se coloca frente a los músicos y por una hora completa la sinfónica toca una misma nota.  ¡Qué aburrido sería! 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9712-6/8/17

Imagine yourself sitting at the theater, excited that you will hear the local symphony. The lights dim, the curtains open, the first violinist enters, everyone claps. He stands in front of the musicians and you hear an "A" played by the oboe. All the instruments join in as they tune. The conductor now enters, takes his baton, stands in front of the musicians and for the next hour all you hear is the instruments playing that same note, an "A." How boring it would be! 

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9711-5/25/17

Similarly to our public school counterparts, the end of one school year merely signals our need to begin preparing for the next school year. 

 

So when Magan discovered that a curriculum sale had filled up a banquet hall at a local hotel, she loaded up the passenger van and motored across town in search of vocabulary, spelling and math books...or at least prices on vocabulary, spelling and math books to use for comparison shopping later that night on eBay.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9711-5/25/17

Isabel fell asleep crying the other night, despite my effort to ease her pain. 

 

We had just finished reading our nightly chapter of "Little House on the Prairie," and on this night, the entire Ingalls family has been felled by a mysterious illness.

 

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