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The Many Lives of a Building

July 21st, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

The story of 100 E. Eighth Street, Cincinnati, begins before the building was constructed in 1911. The builder and first owner, The Isaac Faller’s Sons Co., was founded in 1868. At that time the company was simply called “Isaac Faller.” By 1876 it was “Isaac Faller & Co.” “Sons” was added to the title by 1886. The company began in auction sales, selling household items, clothing, and groceries, and was incorporated in 1903. Later advertisements for The Isaac Faller’s Sons Co. highlight the manufacturer’s products of clothing, shoes, furnishing goods, hats, caps, notions, etc.,[i] referring …

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The Great Flood of 1913

July 7th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

In the spring of 1913 a massive storm stretching from Nebraska to Michigan to Vermont made its way across the country. Tornadoes in the Great Plains claimed several lives and was then soon followed by heavy rainfall. The storm’s scale of destruction had never before been seen in the United States, and the town hit the heaviest was Dayton, Ohio. Rainfall started on Good Friday, March 21, and three series of storms continued until March 26. In that time, the banks of the Miami River rose and some areas of the city were under 20 …

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A Cathedral of Beauty, Proportion, and Durability

June 30th, 2016posted by Sarah Patterson

The first known gathering of Catholics in Cincinnati was in 1811. An advertisement was placed in the weekly Liberty Hall requesting the Catholics of Cincinnati to meet at the home of Jacob Fowble to discuss the establishment of a congregation in the city. Unfortunately, what came of the meeting in the following years is unknown. Bp. Benedict Flaget of the Diocese of Bardstown, Ky. passed through Cincinnati in 1817 and again efforts were made to establish a Catholic church in southwest Ohio. This goal was finally realized in 1819 when on Easter Sunday Mass was …

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Justice and Mercy Meet in Tribunal Ministry

February 22nd, 2016posted by Sean

I am a Sister of Mercy whose primary ministry is working to do Justice for those who come to the Tribunal seeking decisions about their marriage situations. Sometimes friends ask me if that feels like a contradiction. For me it is not. Twenty years ago Bishop Moeddel and I offered evenings with the Bishop for those separated from the Church over marriage issues. One man told me about his situation which turned out to be a simple case (Catholic married without required canonical form) handled in a few weeks. That man later called sounding very …

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You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

February 18th, 2016posted by Sean

                  “Day after day, touched by his compassion, we also can become compassionate to others.” – Pope Francis As a father of three young children, I feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time disciplining. I always try to be just when dealing out appropriate punishments for misbehavior. At the same time I always try to over emphasize my love and forgiveness for my children despite their shortcomings. I learned this practice from my own parents who always made sure to tell me how much they …

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Pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy

January 6th, 2016posted by farloffice

A pilgrimage is both a journey with a set goal and a mystery of openness to the Spirit. Whether pilgrims have a set route or not, embarking on the journey is exploring the mystery of God in places, historical events, and the presence of God within one’s own being. In this wonderful Jubilee Year, the journey is one seeking mercy and of being open to accepting and then giving mercy. It is therefore significant that throughout the Year of Mercy, designated pilgrimage sites are ready to open their Holy Doors of Mercy for all pilgrims. …

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The Power of Mercy

January 6th, 2016posted by Lew Krehnbrink

        Amidst the waves of unaccompanied migrant children desperately lunging towards our borders last year were the three Escalante children and their cousin.  They were making an unfathomable 2,500 mile journey between their Guatemalan town and Greater Cincinnati to be reunited with family members already here. Only fear for their lives would push this small group to make such a trek.  They had received no mercy from the violence overrunning their home; no mercy from our broken immigration system that provides no legal path to come here; and no mercy from the …

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Merciful Resolve by Josh Danis

December 2nd, 2015posted by farloffice

So we have now slid our way into the season of advent.  Maybe you are lighting a wreath, doing some Christmas shopping, and getting ready to see some extended family.  If you are anything me though, you are also starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions.  I love this tradition.  It’s an opportunity to say, “I want to shake off a bad habit I have gotten into.  I want to make a change this year that will let me be a little more pleased with who I am becoming.  I want this to be the …

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Chalking the Door: A Blessing on your Home at Epiphany

December 1st, 2015posted by farloffice

The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal,” and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man. On Epiphany, January 6th, 2016 family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, …

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December has been designated Spiritual Literacy Month. What is “Spiritual Literacy”? A general definition for spiritual literacy states that it is a time for “promoting respect for and among the world’s religions and spiritual traditions by encouraging people to ‘read the book of the world’ for sacred meaning.” Literacy is defined as the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write. It is the “possession of education” and a person’s knowledge of a “particular” subject or field; such as to be computer literate. A more inclusive definition is “the ability …

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