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On Friday May 9th, I defend my doctoral dissertation Teilhard in America  at the University of Dayton, the final step in  a PhD in Theological Studies.  I find this utterly amazing.  I never imagined that well into my fifties, over ten years after entering a Master’s in Theology program, I would be at this point in my life. God leads us down some very wild and unexpected paths!  I am also ALL too aware, though, that without the continuous support, encouragement and interest of many people, there is no way this work would ever have …

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Stop. Breath. Pray.

by Tajci Cameron

We live in a fast-paced world. Everything changes so quickly. Just when you think all your computer software is updated, you get that nasty pop-up message telling you that you can’t watch a movie or view a page because your plug-in or application is outdated. Stores change their merchandise around so fast – good luck finding gloves in the middle of January or a swim suit in the middle of July!  (Yes, you can order them online, but hey! the one thing you WANT fast, will take forever – unless you are willing to pay …

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What’s in a name?

by Emily Macke

My husband and I chose not to know the sex of our unborn baby before birth and kept our name selections a mystery to friends and family.  So when labor lasted a day and a half, our midwives and nurses in the hospital appeared quite anxious for the child’s identity to be revealed.   We held our baby girl during her first few minutes freshly out of the womb.  During the hustle and bustle of post-delivery, there was so much to take in that we temporarily forgot about names.  A nurse finally asked, “Well, what’s …

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A few weeks ago, I happened to have two different conversations with two very different people in two very different places about the exact same thing: Spiritual dryness.  Both people talked about not feeling God’s presence, about wanting so desperately to have something concrete to hold on to – some proof that He was there, but finding nothing.  Both people talked about a feeling of desolation, and wondered if there was something wrong with them. Sometimes even though we believe in God and we try our best to live out our faith, we all go …

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We all get stuck sometimes. Some of us find ourselves in unpleasant situations, like losing a job or not being able to find one, being in an abusive relationship, or dealing with unhealthy habits and addictions. We are unable to break away until the pain grows to a point where it becomes our greatest motivator to make a shift in our hearts, minds and souls. And get unstuck. Some of us, on the other hand, get stuck in a comfortable situation, which we don’t even want to change, or see no reason WHY we would …

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Children Love A Good Story

by Joshua Danis

 Just the other day, I was sitting down for dinner with my wife and two children.  After prayer, my son, Michael immediately jumped in with, “Daddy, I want you talk about day.”  This is his four-year-old expression for asking me how my day went. It’s just a little ritual that has developed naturally over the last year.  We each take turns going around the table describing all the big events of our day and how they affected us.  The kiddos mostly talk about toys and tv shows.  Mommy and Daddy mostly talk about errands and …

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A little over one year ago, on March 13, 2013, the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as the 265th successor of St Peter.  He chose the name Francis, and ever since he stepped out onto the Vatican balcony and shyly waved hello, he has taken the world by storm.    The amazing thing I’ve seen about Francis is that he has said nothing really very different from what John Paul II or Benedict had said before him.  On all the so-called controversial issues like women in the Church, abortion, …

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In recent his recent letter, Evangelii Gaudium,  the Holy Father reminds that:  “By virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the …

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Dismas: A Journey of Forgiveness

by Mary Anne Bressler

The only place I felt forgiven was in the Catholic church. The individual who expressed this sentiment is a convicted felon, a young man who served time and has continued to serve time through the seemingly never-ending punishments meted out by society after the door closes behind you on the way out of prison. I didn’t know much about returning citizens until three years ago when I joined a task force of Advocate for Justice, the Archdiocesan Social Action Collaborative. So often when we speak of the criminal justice system, we speak in terms of …

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Knock, Knock

by Joshua Danis

A couple of days ago, I was shaving and getting ready for work in the bathroom when I heard the gingerly sound of a toddler’s knock on the door.  “Who is it?” I asked. “Heehee, it’s Michael!” came the giggling response. I guess his mother has been teaching him closed door etiquette lately.  Being a child who loves repetition and coming to recognize patterns, Michael goes through the routine of opening and closing the door half a dozen times in the next two minutes.  I proceed to help him test out all the different responses …

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