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By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

I recently got a new full-time job. I mean, it’s not actually a legitimate full-time job, but it’s starting to feel like it. I’m shopping for a new car, and it’s kind of becoming an obsession.
It’s embarrassing how much time this is beginning to require, the act of looking and researching and thinking and talking. It really can become something that is all-consuming, if you aren’t careful and based on my recent dreams of mid-size SUV’s, I’m not careful.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

The first piece of advice Noah gave a pair of buddies before they joined him in machine tool class was to wear a hat, “because, if you don’t, the metal shavings will get all in your hair.” 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Ten years ago today I quietly processed out of the sacristy of Saint Peter's Basilica wearing a white alb into the southern side of the majestic church. My classmates and I advanced toward the altar on the day of our diaconate ordination where over one thousand people gathered to be part of the momentous occasion. Bishop William Callahan, a past spiritual director of the seminary and at that time auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, ordained us by calling down the Holy Spirit upon us as he lay his hands over each of our heads. 

 

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Isabel had her first violin lesson last week. Per the rules, Isabel could begin her musical studies only after I was able to master “Twinkle twinkle little star.” It’s a good way to make sure the parent overseeing daily practice has a modicum of violin-playing knowledge, which I now (mostly) do.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Did you ever see the episode of Mysteries at the Museum about Beethoven’s metronome? Historians and performers couldn’t figure out why he wrote so many of his classic compositions with such fast tempos.

 

I’ve got my suspicions, though. It was probably because he was nervous about performing for the folks at the assisted living facility just up the road.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Hoy hace diez años salí silenciosamente en procesión de la sacristía de la Basílica de San Pedro portando un alba blanca e ingresé tranquilamente a la majestuosa iglesia por el lado sur. Al acercarme junto con mis compañeros hacia el altar para nuestra ordenación diaconal, vi a más de mil personas reunidas para ser parte de esta gran ocasión. Monseñor William Callahan, ex director espiritual del seminario y en aquel momento obispo auxiliar de Milwaukee, nos ordenó invocando el Espíritu Santo sobre nosotros y colocando sus manos sobre cada una de nuestras cabezas.

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

As another Hispanic Heritage Month comes around, the writings of the late Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes have special relevance. 

 

In a beautifully written book titled “The Buried Mirror: Reflections of Spain and the New World,” published in 1992 for the fifth centenary, Fuentes wrote: “We must remember that ours was once an empty continent. All of us came from somewhere else, beginning with the nomadic tribes from Asia who became the first Americans.”  

 

By: Moises Sandoval (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

Al llegar nuevamente el mes de la herencia hispana, los escritos del fallecido novelista mexicano Carlos Fuentes tienen relevancia especial.

 

En un bello libro titulado “El Espejo Enterrado,” publicado en 1992 para el quinto centenario, Fuentes advirtió: “Debemos recordar que la humanidad en un entonces no existía en nuestro continente. Todos nosotros venimos de otros lugares, empezando con las tribus nomaditas de Asia que fueron los primeros norteamericanos”. 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18
By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

Our beloved pastor, Father Jacek Szuster, died last week. After a year-long battle with colon cancer, Father Jacek went to his eternal reward.

 

It’s tempting to feel like those words are hollow — eternal reward and all the other beautiful euphemisms we use for “eternity in heaven with Jesus.” 

 

But with Father Jacek, I really mean it. 

 

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