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Mary and Joseph Go to a Fish Fry

It’s a Friday in Lent and two Catholics go to a local Fish Fry. We’ll call one Mary and the other Joseph. At first glance, the two don’t seem very different. Both were baptized as infants; both attended 12 years of Catholic schooling. The difference is that Mary attends Mass each weekend; Joseph attends infrequently. A recent study (see Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples, especially pp. 43-44) indicates that the most significant predictor of whether a Catholic attends Mass each weekend or not depends on how the person answers this one question: Do you believe …

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In Search of a Balanced Life

I literally just returned from vacation to the southwestern part of the United States. I arrived home at around midnight and have been back into ministry with three meetings so far today (as I write this).  This trip was a first in a long time for me. It was strictly for the purpose of play. My life has usually been home visits (my family lives further away), school during slow times in ministry (typically in the summer), trips for conferences, and silent retreats. This vacation was a different concept from any of these other travels …

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Home Away From Home

I’m now working at my third parish and in my third re-purposed convent. It is highly comforting to know that there are certainly a number of women religious who called these buildings home who are now  praying for those who have been handed the torch that they carried so well. I have no doubt that they are indeed praying  for us, the grateful products of their labors. In my first office, I was located in a space adjacent to the kitchen. I found this to be a felicitous placement as it put me in contact …

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You Lost Me!

I received this e-mail just a few days ago: Dear Fr. Satish, I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of a few years, a week ago. So I’m starting to think about wedding plans and things even though we aren’t planning on getting married until next year at the earliest. And this might sound ridiculous but ever since I came to mass at IC I’ve always wanted you to do the marriage ceremony. However 1) I’m not a member of IC, and 2) Neither my fiance nor I are practicing Catholics. While we both were confirmed …

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