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By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9922-10/24/19

At a recent dentist appointment that involved me sitting in the chair for an extended period of time (which I survived without fear or pain because my dentist is the best.:I love you Dr. Vernon), I found myself watching one of those late-afternoon advice shows featuring families in difficult times.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9922-10/24/19

When you have a lot of kids like we do, you find yourself estimating how many kids fit in certain spaces. Four kids per side at a picnic table. Two kids per step. Three kids per row in the van, but usually only two because they “just won’t keep their hands to themselves.”

 

For the record, we can fit five kids on our hearth in the living room.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9922-10/24/19

Toda persona necesita ser escuchada. Esta necesidad aumenta significativamente cuando alguien ha sido seriamente herida. En todo encuentro con un ser humano, él o ella tiene una historia de vida única que contar la cual ha forjado su pensamiento y creencia. Es importante escuchar antes de hablar, especialmente cuando uno interactúa con alguien herido por experiencias negativas cometidas por miembros de la Iglesia.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

President Jimmy Carter started his Bible Study Sept. 29 asking those present to raise their hands once they grasped the theme of the Scripture passage he was about to read. He began, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God.” He looked up as his lips stretched forming a gentle smile; his eyes sparkled just a bit as he looked out into the congregation. A few hands rose. He continued, “Everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” At this point most hands were up in the air.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

I have loved the Southern Cross, our beautiful diocesan newspaper, since I was a little girl. I can’t even tell you exactly what it was about this paper that was so special, except maybe I always thought it was very cool that this same newspaper that we regularly received at our home in Augusta, Georgia would also appear at my grandmother’s home when we visited her across the state in Columbus.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

The winding roads between our house and the Taekwondo dojo in Wrightsville have a tendency to make some of our crew dizzy or lightheaded.

 

If we’re being totally honest, it’s mostly Jesse and, now that she’s deep into pregnancy numero ocho, Magan (even when she’s the one driving, go figure), but as I looked in the rear view mirror I noticed Noah looked rather peaked.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9921-10/10/19

El presidente Jimmy Carter inició su estudio bíblico pidiendo a los presentes que levantaran la mano apenas entendieran el tema principal del pasaje bíblico que estaba a punto de leer. Comenzó: "amados, amémonos los unos a otros, porque el amor es de Dios". El presidente alzó la vista al mismo tiempo que sus labios se estiraron formando una sonrisa agradable, sus ojos brillaron un poco mientras miraba a la congregación. Observó unas cuantas manos arriba en el aire. Continuó, “todos los que aman son engendrados por Dios y conocen a Dios.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

I recently visited The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, as well as The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama. The somber memorial stands in remembrance of over 4,400 African American men, women and children who were lynched between 1877 and 1950 in the United States. These victims were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs that ignored the rule of law and oftentimes acted in response to fabricated charges.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

I was at Isabel’s swim practice recently, sitting up on the top row of the bleachers watching all the swimmers get their laps done.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9920-9/26/19

Why are we turning into KFC?” Jesse asked curiously from a few rows back in the passenger van.

 

“Mommy didn’t get to eat lunch...and she said KFC mashed potatoes sounded good,” I replied with a wince, hoping not to raise suspicions. (Keep in mind we hadn’t eaten at KFC as a family in maybe three years.)

 

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