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By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

“I think we’re going to attempt to brave Mass without you,” said Magan, as I kissed her “goodbye” to head to Macon to cover the Dublin Irish in the Middle Georgia Kickoff Classic slated to begin simultaneously with Vigil Mass. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18
By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

Saint Rose of Lima was known for her unmatchable beauty, her intense prayer, her untiring service, and rigorous penitential lifestyle. When I was a child my mother took my sister and me to visit her sanctuary in downtown Lima. Of the various things I saw that day, the one that struck me the most is no longer on display. I remember that hanging from a wall were various items Saint Rose used to inflict penances on her body. A nun explained how the saint would hang herself from her hair to sleep, wore a hair shirt, and often put on a belt with thorns on the inside.

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

Our sweet, beautiful Catholic Church is going through a terrible time right now. The crimes and evil being exposed can be scary, but this can also be good. When light shines in the darkness, healing and growth can come — and important changes can be made. May our church leadership have the wisdom and grace to handle all of this with righteousness and clarity.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

“Why is there a Home Depot bucket in your bedroom?” was the first question that came out of my mouth as I looked in the boys’ bedroom the other morning. Problem was, I already knew the answer.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Unas semanas antes de completar mi asignación en la Parroquia San José en Augusta organicé un taller de preparación matrimonial en español para varias parejas. A las 6:30pm abrí el salón, encendí el aire acondicionado y confirmé que todo esté listo. Las mesas y sillas estaban en su lugar, la comida preparada, mis charlas listas, y la pareja que conduciría el taller ya había llegado. De repente era ya las 7:00, la hora de iniciar, pero ninguna de las ocho parejas había llegado.

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

A few weeks before leaving my assignment at St. Joseph Parish in Augusta, I organized a marriage preparation workshop in Spanish for several couples. I opened the hall at 6:30 p.m., turned on the air conditioning, and made sure everything was ready. The tables and chairs were set, the food was ready, my talks were finished, and the couple I invited to lead the workshop had arrived. Suddenly it was 7 p.m., the time to start, but none of the eight couples had arrived. A few minutes past 7:30, as I was about to close the building, a young couple I did not recognize entered the room.

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

Magan and I have celebrated our wedding anniversaries at a variety of locations.

 

Our first anniversary was spent in Atlanta. Our second, in Savannah.

 

We’ve enjoyed fancy dinners at a variety of locales, taken carriage rides down Bay Street and shopped in boutique stores.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9817-8/16/18

When our oldest son Ethan left for college (three weeks after high school graduation), it was almost more than I could bear. It wasn’t enough that my boy was no longer with all his brothers at the same K-12 school they’d all been at together. He was now leaving our nest, our neighborhood, our little part of the world.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : Father Pablo Migone

I recently visited a family devastated by the loss of their newborn child. As I entered the hospital room the mother lay in bed with the small child wrapped in a homemade, white blanket. She looked at him tenderly, and arranged his tiny red arms with the care only a mother can show. The small child had a little cute, white triangular hat covering his head. His eyes were shut. No word could fully console nor could any expression fully heal such a significant loss for the young couple.

 

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