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By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

It is our first day of family vacation and I’m trying to relax. It’s not easy. It seems like relaxation isn’t a button you can just press when it’s time to chill. You really have to work to, um, not work.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

“Go back to the kitchen, please?” I asked Simon, Jesse, Eli and AnnaMarie as they all hovered around my computer instead of heading to the supper table.

 

I had a very important project to complete, and the deadline was the next morning, so I needed to hunker down to wrap things up. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

Existe una historia conocida sobre del encuentro entre San Francisco de Asís y un hombre con lepra. Una pequeña capilla rural cerca de Asís marca el lugar donde ocurrió este evento el cual marcó la vida de San Francisco. La historia relata cómo Francisco al oír una campana anunciando la llegada de un leproso se encaminó en la dirección opuesta como solía hacer. Todo leproso vivía al margen de la sociedad sin disfrutar de ningún beneficio. En esta ocasión sin embargo, Francisco paró y regresó. Acercándose al leproso, lo abrazó y le dio un beso.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9717-8/17/17

There is a well-known story of the encounter between Saint Francis of Assisi and a leper. A beautiful small chapel in the countryside near Assisi marks the place where this life-changing event occurred. The story recounts how Francis heard a bell announcing the coming of a leper, and he intuitively turned in the opposite direction to get away. Lepers were outcasts, living beyond the margins of society, unable to enjoy any benefit from the community. This time however, Francis stopped and turned around. He approached the leper, embraced him, and kissed him.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

Our boy Henry turned 10 last week and I’m amazed. How can that be? Wasn’t Henry just three years old? 

 

Isn’t he still?

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

There are a lot of words uttered in our home daily. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering there are eight mouths that, at times, could be uttering words simultaneously. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

 Los siguientes es la parte 2 de 3 en una serie en la convocatoria de líderes católicos en Orlando a principios de julio.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9716-8/3/17

Following is part 2 of 3 in a series on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders which took place in Orlando Florida in early July.

 

The past decades have seen considerable cultural shifts that have transformed the way society functions, and tremendously affected the practice of our Catholic faith. During the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando in early July, Dr. Hoffsman Ospino of Boston College identified four of these shifts, giving abundant weight to the words of Pope Francis that our times are “not merely an era of change, but a change of era.”

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

A few weeks ago, I was in Boston filming the talk show I’m on (The Gist, CatholicTV.com) and before I left from home said a little prayer I could get to confession while I was up there.

 

I wasn’t sure how it would work, but spending a week at a television station that films daily Mass, I thought there might be a chance. Also, my main boss up there is an auxiliary bishop so I felt like that improved my chances.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9715-7/20/17

“I prayed for you today,” was all the note on my pillow said.

 

It was sweet, charming, to-the-point and full of love.

 

Just like my wife.

 

It was the latest in a series of missives shared between the two of us, each being left on the other’s pillow depending on who had laid Isaac down for the evening.

 

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