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By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11-21-2019

Of the many priests who taught me while in seminary, the most joy-filled one was an Irish Dominican friar, Father Paul Murray. He was a man of deep prayer, faithful to the Church and always ready to tell a good story. In one of his courses titled “God and the Poets,” we discussed the presence of humor in Scripture. We also considered passages written by Saint Thomas Aquinas where Father Murray found traces of humor in the great theologian’s works.

 

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

I’m a few weeks away from finishing my first semester as a full-time college professor. In August I started this job at the local university, teaching a full load — three sections of a public speaking class and two sections of a journalism class — and loving it a bunch.

 

By: Maureen Pratt (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9924-11/21/19

As family members gather for the upcoming holidays, there might be more than sugarplums dancing in their heads. Some, perhaps many, might be inwardly anxious about the potential for hurtful arguments that can erupt among multigenerational clans.

 

Of course, Christmas and the other fall/winter holidays are not supposed to be times of anger or argument, especially not within our families, which are centers of love.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone

A few years ago I met a young novice preparing to be a Jesuit priest. I remember him well because he was in the middle of a tremendous journey that I would have found impossible to undertake. After completing his first year of studies, he was given a bus ticket to Macon. He had never been there, and his mission was to live entirely on the goodness and charity of others without staying in one place for more than three days. In six weeks he needed to reach St. Louis, Missouri.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” — Mother Teresa
Last weekend, Paul and I had the honor of speaking to a group of engaged couples getting ready to be married. It was the annual Engaged Encounter at our parish, and the same awesome people who organize it (great job, Keith and Chris) invited us back again.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

Seeing my wife clutch her purse as though she were a spy or a thief was the last thing I expected to see when I returned from washing my hands at the steakhouse.

 

She also seemed rushed and ready to leave, even though we were still waiting on the check.

 

By: Sarah Routh
Originally Appeared in : 9923-11/7/19

With the holidays coming up, it only seemed appropriate to write about how to navigate the feelings of stress for planning, gift shopping, meal planning, cooking, etc. However, I took the time to sit down and really consider what the holidays do to me and my psyche.

 

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

Every person has a need to be heard. This need is significantly increased if a person has been deeply hurt. At any given encounter with an individual, he or she has a unique life story to tell that has forged his or her thought and belief. It is important to listen before speaking, especially when interacting with someone hurt through negative experiences by the Church and her members.

 

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.

 

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