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Baptisms and Funerals: Mirror Images

 By Leslie W. Bertucci In the middle of April, I was blessed to attend both a baptism and a funeral, within days of each other, immediately before and after the feast of Divine Mercy. At first glance, these two events seem to be polar opposites. Thanks to Mother Church and the beauty of the sacraments, […]

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Hold My Baby

By Leslie W. Bertucci Lately, many of us find ourselves reeling and rushing about as we try to rebound from the blows of 2020 and brace ourselves for whatever loops 2021 will throw us. Meanwhile, the Blessed Mother looks at us, smiling serenely and, while holding her precious child out to us, makes this extraordinary […]

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Known By Heart

By Leslie W. Bertucci I love seeing life through the eyes of my grandchildren. It helps me remember events from my own childhood and appreciate things I often take for granted. Like 4-year-old Ollie, I loved books as a child. I still do. I remember one of my favorite pastimes was grabbing a book from […]

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Getting Eye-to-Eye with God

By Leslie Bertucci I was recently helping my grandson Ollie get ready for bed. He was struggling to undo the buttons on his shirt, so I sat on the couch and had him stand in front of me. “Grandma needs to be eye-to-eye with you,” I said. His face immediately lit up with a huge grin.

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The Power of a Parent’s Blessing

By Leslie Bertucci Ever since my children were young, I have made it a habit to bless them. I bless them while they lay in their beds at night, ready for sleep. I bless them in the car on the way to school. I bless them as they embark on a journey.

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Worshiping God Without a Voice

By Leslie Bertucci Very early in my faith journey, God gave me the gift of worshiping him through song and helping others to do the same.

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Leaving the Valley of Comparison

By Leslie Bertucci See if this sounds familiar: You’re casually scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, skimming through your friends’ posts about their smart, beautiful children

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Celebrating Baptism Anniversaries

By Leslie Bertucci There is more to us than meets the eye. We are more than just flesh and blood; we are soul and spirit. So the day we become part of the body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism is just as important as the day we are born. Maybe more so.

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Walking with Mary Through the Mysteries

By Leslie Bertucci One of the common threads that have run through and strung together my 55 years as a Catholic Christian is the rosary. I remember reciting this beautiful prayer as a child, with my family, with neighborhood friends and with classmates.

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Meeting Jesus in the Stations

By Leslie Bertucci For years, our family has hosted two special events that we call the Bertucci Family Advent/Lent Extravaganza. We invite people from church, school, ministry and the community to our home. After sharing a potluck dinner, we have a time of sung worship, prayer and petition.

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Putting First Things First

By Leslie Bertucci The winter holidays are over, and the spring holidays are starting to gear up. And I’m just over here trying to catch my breath. Once again I am reminding myself to put first things first. Not only as a practical method of survival, but in order to accomplish what God asks of […]

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