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By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18
By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL

In the year 702 before Christ, the Prophet Isaiah foretold the impending death of King Hezekiah of Judah, who had heeded the prophet’s warning and purified the religion of his kingdom 20 years before, lest it suffer the fate of the Lost Tribes of Israel at the hands of the Assyrian Empire.

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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