The Butterfly Effect: Remembering Mrs. Pesa

Every year, during our back-to-school liturgies, I scan the pews and say a prayer of gratitude and a petition for a successful school year for each of my colleagues. This year my task was more difficult because as I scanned the congregation, I was forced to recognize that one of us wasn’t there and never...
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Heavy is the cross

The reality is that the cross we as Catholics have chosen and have been chosen to bear is heavy and growing heavier.
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Live like you’re going to be 95

I turn 35 tomorrow and have been thinking about how I want to live in this new phase of my life. There are two philosophies that people use as guidelines for making decisions about their life’s experiences. I am posing a third.
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Called to serve

When Deacon Ray Van Pelt announced at the end of Mass at St. Joan of Arc in Aberdeen that the church was looking for altar servers, Collin whispered to me, “I want to do that!” Collin has been attending Mass weekly (barring the occasional snow storm or stomach bug) since he was 5 days old....
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The perfect Communion gift

Even now as I write this, I am overwhelmed by the radiance of this sacred gift. It has inspired me to consider offering the invitation to vocations to each of my children as they proceed the course of their sacraments of invitation.
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The things we do for love, Part 4: Forgive

Even though we have been hurt and scarred, we recognize the fact that he or she who wronged us may not have done it on purpose. Even if they did, we must never forget that they are human, a sinner not unlike ourselves.
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North Bay: My true figure

I held a North Bay essay contest for my 6th grade class and, though every essay was a work of art, I thought  this one really captured the layers and depth of personal growth that occurred for many of my students at North Bay.
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The Things We Do for Love, Part 3: Go on Adventures

I wasn’t there because I’m a big fan of Gravedigger (though an enormous remote control version patrols our house regularly), I was there because my boys were into monster trucks, and I’m their biggest fans.
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Toys R Us: Where a kid got to be a kid

Robyn Barberry laments the loss of a venerable toy store chain.
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The Things We Do for Love, Part Two: Be an Advocate

God chose me because I am a natural advocate. He has given me a voice and a platform to keep spreading the word about autism, not only for Frank, but for everyone else who is a piece of the puzzle.
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The Things We Do for Love, Part One: Play Their Game

One of my favorite spiritual images is the one of the angel guiding the children across the broken bridge. Just as Jesus does that for all of us, parents must do that for their children.
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Illustrated family portraits

Robyn Barberry has fun with an illustrated image of her family.
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