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By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

Isolation is rarely achievable at our house. That rules out things like yoga, meditation or, as Magan regularly exclaims, “Five minutes. Five minutes of quiet.”

 

So it would stand to reason that a synonym like “quarantine” would fall into that category or, worse, get a healthy sarcastic chuckle. 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18
By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

“If you want to keep a lamp burning,” Father Healy said at Mass this past Sunday, “you need to put oil in it.”
What a perfect mentality as we gear up for Lent. Post-holiday slump is a thing, and if you are staring down Lent with visions of “what else can I pile on?” you might be looking in the wrong direction.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9804-2/15/18

The recipe for coffee at our house is pretty simple.

 

Two teaspoons of sugar (sometimes tablespoons, if it was a long night), two dollops of French Vanilla creamer and roughly eight ounces of Joe.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9803/2/1/18

“Weep for lost memories that never were.  Weep for that which never was.  Mourn the memories you do not possess.  Mourn the present moment that was not willed to be.”  I wrote these words in 2010 while sitting on the back pew of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Washington, Georgia.  The last time I had entered that small, rural parish was mid-December, 1995, a few days before my brother was diagnosed with cancer.  I was scheduled to play the piano at Christmas Mass that year, but we never made it.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

“If you think having toddlers is hard, wait until you have teenagers.”

 

I will always remember the day my friend uttered these words. I think we were standing outside in a large, open backyard where I had managed to be still just long enough for that exchange. And then it was off to chase another small boy who had scaled another tall object.

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

“Lamenta recuerdos perdidos que nunca se realizaron. Lamenta aquello que nunca fue. Lamenta recuerdos que no posees. Lamenta el momento presente que no fue destinado a existir”.  Escribí estas palabras en el 2010 mientras estaba sentado en la banca trasera de la Parroquia Saint Joseph en Washington, Georgia. La última vez que había entrado a esta pequeña parroquia rural fue unos pocos días antes de que mi hermano fuera diagnosticado con cáncer a mediados de diciembre de 1995.  Esa Navidad yo iba a tocar el piano durante la Misa, pero nunca llegamos.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9803-2/1/18

Mass was coming to a close, and Elijah and I had stepped out of the cry room to give everyone else a break from Isaac’s fussiness.

 

On our trip to the narthex we ran into a friend of mine from high school. We shook hands, and before he could tell my boys, “Hi,” Eli leaned on his mother’s former Baptist lineage to share the Good Word of salvation in hopes of securing another soul for the Redeemer.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

Back in the day before smart phones existed, but cell phones had already started to appear, I sat at the breakfast area of a small bed and breakfast in downtown Dublin, Ireland.  As I ate my typical Irish breakfast of ham, eggs and pudding, I saw a young lady sitting alone at a table right in the middle of the breakfast area.  She appeared to be still wearing her pajamas, long and colorful flannel pants, and a worn down t-shirt with a large, faded logo.  She also had a plate of Irish breakfast in front of her, but she was not paying attention to it. 

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9802-1/18/18

What is it about change that is so darn scary? We get so secure in where we are right now that the thought of doing something different is daunting. Especially if the thing we are doing right now feels good, and brings us joy and peace. How can something different from “this” be good  – especially if the “this” is working so well?

 

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