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Do Clothes Make the Mass?

By Kim Roberts Being a woman of a particular age, I recall attending Mass every Sunday with my family dressed in “church clothes.” My sister and I almost always wore dresses or skirts, my brother always wore dress trousers with tucked in button-down shirts, and we all wore dress shoes. We never questioned it; we […]

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Golden Rule

By Kristy Solis Summertime is here! Due to this pandemic period, my daughters are eager to return to school.  Keep in mind, they did not get a break from school. During this time, school was continued through online lessons. I asked both of my daughters “What do you miss about school?”

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Ignatian Contemplation: Praying with Scripture Using Your Imagination

By Charlotte Phillips On July 31, we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. While I don’t think I could pick just one saint as my favorite, St. Ignatius is high on my list. He is the founder of the Jesuits, and his life experiences have shaped and formed Ignatian Spirituality.

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The Gift of Memory

By Ana Borden Every night before bed we have gotten into a new routine of looking at pictures we had taken that day, and a year, two and upwards of 10 years ago on that specific date. There is something so powerful about the sense of sight – it evokes so many emotions. The children […]

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Cooking Together Makes the Meals Taste Better

By Gaby Smith During quarantine, my family and I were trying to find things to do. Other than going outside and watching TV, there wasn’t much. One day, my son came up to me asking me if I needed help cooking dinner. My immediate thought was, “This will be A LOT to handle … I […]

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Following Christ’s Footsteps

By Charla Spalluto Misse I was recently blessed with the opportunity to attend a prayer service with one of the Medjugorje visionaries, Ivan Dragicevic.  Following a mass, his talk, and a rosary, he experienced an apparition of Our Lady.  One of her messages to those present was to pray for vocations.

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Unshakable Faith

By Kristy Solis As we continue this journey through this pandemic, today marks approximately 60 days of shelter in place for our family.  During this time, we have learned as a family that it is important to pause, to reflect, to have faith and to keep moving forward. I challenge you to stop and think, […]

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Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread

By Sarah McDonald You know what was one of the most surprising elements of this quarantine for me? The early bread shortage. Sliced bread supplies were scarce, and there were limits as to how many one could buy at a time. There are seven people in my house, one of whom is a 9-year-old boy, […]

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What’s the Big Deal?

By Casey Sprehe There is a tendency, at times, in the spiritual life to overlook venial sins. As one decidedly on the Christian journey, I can think, well I’m not killing anyone. Really? Is that my standard? With a bare minimum approach to morality, I can expect only to bear minimal fruit. Minimal fruit is […]

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Stop Thinking You Can Control Everything

By Gaby Smith I like to take control. I like to make sure everything around me is rightfully in its place, but when it came to Easter this year, I lost it. I saw pictures of people on social media posting with their grandparents. I was shocked. I would do anything to spend Easter with […]

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Lenten Reflection: Hunger & Thirst

By Charla Spalluto Misse I am surely not alone in feeling that this Lent has been especially poignant and sorrowful.  I remember when I first heard that the Blood of Christ would no longer be passed at Holy Mass and that the St. Joseph’s Altars were being closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  That was […]

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