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Summer Reading List

Little League is over for the season.  Vacations are in full swing.  The heat is rising and the cool of the pool and the indoors are beckoning. Time to figure out what to read. I decided to go to the best source in Cincinnati for the latest and the greatest in Catholic books.  I called Dan Giroux at The Catholic Shop in Madiera and asked him to put together 5 or so books that would be great reads. He came through with the following recommendations.  The descriptions are a paraphrasing of the publisher descriptions for …

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Sacred Places to Pray in the Archdiocese

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish is beginning Perpetual Adoration – someone praying in our Eucharistic chapel, 24/7.  This announcement got me thinking about some of the magnificent sacred places we have in the Archdiocese in which to pray.  Here are a few of my favorites. First, I need to start at home.  At St. Maximilian, our Eucharistic chapel is right behind the sanctuary.  The tabernacle is set in a window so that it can be seen in the main church.  It is a serene, quiet place that lends itself to a wonderful personal encounter with Christ.  …

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The 8 Short Years: Baptism to First Communion

Our 8-year old son made his First Communion this weekend.  At the beginning of Mass, Father Geoff prayed an opening prayer that caught me off-guard. “These children who come to the table of the Lord for the first time receive in Holy Communion the pledge of salvation offered on the day of their baptism.” My eyes flew wide-open.  I looked down at my son; looked over at Kate; looked back to the baptismal font in the back of church where Father was still standing . . . and uneasiness gripped me. My son was baptized …

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Suffering with Children

We live in a suffering world.  It is a fact of life. This suffering is especially acute for those parents who watch their children suffer from debilitating, transforming illnesses or disabilities. I know one family whose grade school son was stricken with viral meningitis.  One day, he was a healthy, active boy.  The next, he was confined to a bed, unable to move and talk.  That was two years ago and his improvement has been glacial. Another family has a little girl who just turned one.  She was born with a two chamber heart.  She …

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