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“Make Sure You Tell The Whole Story”

On September 8 – 21, 2013, Dr. Michael Gable, Director, Mission Office, Ms. Melonise Knight, Dr. Jessie Thomas, Ms. Barbara Wuest, Mrs. Donna Goddard, Mrs. Nor-Rita Winters, and I traveled to Ghana, West Africa on a mission trip.  This trip was very important for me because it allowed me to fulfill a promise I had made to my friend and mentor, the late Rev. Paul Rehling. It would be very easy for me to describe the wonderful people I met: Most Rev. Gabriel Mante – Diocese of Jasikan, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene – Diocese of …

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What Happened to My Coat?

When I was a college student at Xavier University I was part of our campus’ St. Vincent de Paul Society. Every fall – right around this time of the year – we organized a coat and clothing collection. We always had a great response – lots of donations from faculty and staff, parishioners at Bellarmine Chapel, and some from going door to door in the neighborhood. One year as the collection was ending, a friend of mine, Ed, and I took the coats and clothes to our dorm rooms for sorting and bagging. We then …

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To Weed or Not to Weed…That is the Question

Without any kind of a deep freeze this past winter, the weeds have had a field day (pun intended) this spring.  I don’t know about your neighborhood, but ours is totally infested with chickweed.  Now, chickweed looks innocent enough, with its dainty little white flowers and delicate stems, but don’t be fooled.  It’s a cold-blooded assassin.  It grows crazy fast and chokes out everything it touches, so if you don’t pull it as soon as you see it, it’s everywhere.  And what’s worse is that pulling chickweed also scatters its seeds.  I swear the little …

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