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By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Reading comprehension kicked off in earnest the third week of August, with Simon diving headfirst into Stories of the Saints Volume II. First on the list: Saint Damien of Molokai.

 

Saint Damien was a Belgian priest who volunteered to pastor a leper colony in the Hawaiian Islands.

 

By: Carolyn Woo (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

“Nearly 70% of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the United States to take ‘aggressive’ action to combat climate change -- but only a third would support an extra tax of $100 a year to help.” This lead from a Reuters’ story questions how seriously we really comprehend the climate crisis.

 

By: Father Kenneth Doyle (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9919-9/12/19

Q. I have not been to confession in at least 10 years. I want to go, but I have no idea what to say. How am I to remember all of my sins and the number of times that I have committed them? (Columbus, Ohio)

 

A. Don’t worry; the priest is there to help you, and he will try to make things easy. (He will also have heard the confessions of a number of others in your same situation.)

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

Following my ordination as a priest, I never imagined that I would become so immersed in the issue of immigration. I knew that as an immigrant I would serve fellow immigrants, and I anticipated working with Spanish-speaking Catholics since I spoke Spanish.

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

Cuando fui ordenado sacerdote nunca me imaginé que estaría tan inmerso en el tema de la inmigración. Anticipaba que serviría a mis compañeros inmigrantes y que trabajaría con católicos de habla hispana ya que yo hablaba español.

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

My friend Sabine recently asked if there was anything she could do to serve me. She had it on her heart to do something for me, and she just wasn’t sure what. Her husband travels for work and her week had free time, and she felt God asking her to do something for my family.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9918-8/29/19

Magan’s commitment to our children’s traditional education and faith education knows no bounds.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

I have only seen a sign forbidding visitors to smile or laugh in a public place once in my life. The site had no guards actively enforcing the rule, but the simple recounting of the horrific acts that unfolded at the site was enough to keep a person from smiling. What horrible thing could have happened in a place that forbids smiling and laughing? 

 

By: Rachel Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15/19

Paul and I are about to celebrate our 25th anniversary of getting married. That is just mind– blowing. In honor of this blessed, special, humbling occasion, I’d like to reflect on a few things I’ve learned in my years as a wife.

 

1. Love hurts. I don’t know why that’s the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s true. Love hurts because it costs everything.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9917-8/15-19

Summer is great for swimming, grilling and vacationing, but it’s horrible for little people who thrive on routine.

 

That may explain why Magan starts our school year the second week of July.

 

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