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By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Let me preface this by saying that if it were up to Magan, this entire entry into the annals of large family living would never have happened in the first place, including me making my daughter cry, because the device in question for all of the ruckus in our living room would not exist in our house in the first place.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

La parábola del hijo pródigo es quizás la más conocida de toda la Biblia, en competencia solamente con la Parábola del Buen Samaritano. Es una historia simple pero duradera que ha cautivado a generaciones de cristianos y no cristianos por igual. Lo que hace tan atractiva esta parábola es la esperanza que transmite. Generaciones de hombres y mujeres han encontrado esperanza y aliento en la conversión del joven que insultó a su padre al pedir su herencia, malgastó sus dones y talentos y regresó a la casa de su padre con intenciones nada perfectas.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

Some time ago while studying Italian in the beautiful Tuscan town of Siena, I went into the language school’s small library and found a book about Italian art. As I browsed through the significantly heavy book, I came across Fra Angelico’s masterpiece of the Annunciation. Having seen it many times before, I thought it would be amazing to see it in person. After placing the book back into its place, I grabbed a sightseeing guide of Florence and opened it to a random page. To my great surprise, there it was again: Fra Angelico’s Annunciation. Providence had made plans for me in seconds.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

Paul and I just got back from 10 days in the Holy Land, and my brain still can’t believe everything we saw.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

The passenger van was all abuzz with talk of Lenten sacrifices the day before Ash Wednesday, but the big boys were leading the little ones astray.

 

“We could give up baths and school for Lent,” Noah and Simon said, garnering a pair of raised eyebrows from their mom in the driver’s seat.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

Mientras estudiaba italiano en la hermosa ciudad de Siena en la Toscana hace varios años, entré en la pequeña biblioteca de la escuela de idiomas y encontré un libro sobre el arte italiano. Ojeando el libro que estaba bien pesado hallé la obra maestra de Fra Angelico, la Anunciación. Después de haberme encontrado con esta pintura varias veces pensé que sería bueno verla en persona. Luego de regresar el libro a su lugar agarré a una guía turística de Florencia y la abrí a una página cualquiera. Para mi gran sorpresa allí estaba otra vez: la Anunciación de Fra Angelico.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

If you travel to Israel today, you will find a monastery built on a mountain from which you can see one of the oldest cities in the world, Jericho, continuously inhabited for 11,000 years. From the monastery you can also see the river Jordan where Jesus was baptized. This monastery, run by Greek Orthodox monks, marks the spot in the desert where every Lenten journey begins: with Jesus in the desert for 40 days.

 

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

The last of the five Balducci boys is now officially an altar server.

 

It has been a long time coming for Henry, our 11-year-old son, who has watched his four older brothers serve on the altar his entire life. 

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Having a toddler race toward you with a Tinker Toy sword shouting “ninja” may sound harmless, but it’s more harrowing than you might think. Especially, when you’re certain he’s not only confident in his abilities, but also full of his mother’s follow-through for getting things done.

 

“No Isaac, no ninja,” I said.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

En Israel hay un monasterio construido sobre un cerro de donde uno ve una de las ciudades más antiguas del mundo, Jericó, continuamente habitada por 11,000 años. Del monasterio también uno ve el rio Jordán, lugar del bautismo de Jesús. Este monasterio donde viven unos monjes griegos marca el lugar donde inicia toda cuaresma: con Jesús en el desierto por cuarenta días. 

 

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