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By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

Our son Charlie is graduating high school in a few days and we are in the throes of college decisions. While many high school seniors have likely known for months what their freshman year will look like, we are dealing with a young man who tends to figure things out a little closer to the deadline.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9811-5/24/18

The kids’ Lego TV show had concluded, signaling their bedtime was around the corner and, seizing my moment, I grabbed the remote and switched over to the NBA playoff matchup about to tip off.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

On Pentecost Sunday nine years ago, I saw thousands of beautiful red rose petals gently fall from the enormous oculus of the Roman Pantheon. A group of fire fighters scaled the oldest building in the world still in regular use, and made these petals fall down as a gentle rain over the faithful after the final blessing of Mass. It was appropriate for fire fighters to do this: Pentecost is their feast day.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

The last 10 searches on my computer reveal the state of my life. Hairstyles for first communion. Vintage first communion veils. College acceptance: How long until I find out? When is FAFSA due? And also several articles about the pay gap for a paper one of my high schoolers is working on.

 

Life is moving at the speed of light right now, and most of it is good and wonderful.

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

If you had happened upon my grandparent’s home in Mineral Wells, Texas on any Saturday some five decades ago, you would have found my aunts and uncles on their knees with scrub brushes washing the kitchen floors clean.

 

“We may not live in a fancy home,” my grandma Olga would say, “but the pope himself should be able to eat off these floors.”

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

En el día de Pentecostés hace nueve años vi miles de pétalos de rosa descender gradualmente desde el enorme óculo del Panteón de Roma. Bomberos escalaron este edificio, el más antiguo del mundo aún en uso, y dejaron caer miles de pétalos rojos como una lluvia ligera sobre los fieles reunidos después de la Misa. Fue apropiado que los bomberos hagan esto, pues Pentecostés es su fiesta patronal.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

The latest document written by Pope Francis describes a century-old path walked by countless of faithful Christians before us: the path of holiness. He begins the Apostolic Exhortation quoting the Beatitudes which give the document its name, “Gaudete et Exultate – Rejoice and be glad.” In them, he argues, you find what constitutes holiness. “The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card,” he writes. These challenging and direct instructions from Jesus describe what it means to be a faithful Christian.

 

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9806-4/26/18

The week before any major holiday or event is always crazy. Moms everywhere know this. No matter how hard we try to make things peaceful and simple, the truth is family life requires our time and attention, our willingness and desire to just get the job done.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9809-4/26/18

Don’t breathe, don’t breathe, don’t breathe,” Jesse said to himself as he walked out of his room and noticed the door open to the quarantine zone in the next room over, created thanks to Simon’s stomach virus diagnosis two days earlier.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9808-4/12/18

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One of the most repeated phrases in the Bible is “have no fear” or “do not be afraid.” We were not created to live in fear, and this phrase serves as a reminder from God of that fact. From when God called Abram, to the Archangel Gabriel announcing the good news to Mary, God has made it clear we should not be afraid. Pope John Paul II’s iconic inaugural Mass in 1978 challenged the faithful not to be afraid: “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”

 

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