Me-me-me Birthday Prayer

I’ve never done that before – prayed only for myself in a single prayer session – and yet it felt suitable. No way I could have survived 59 years without God.
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Sundays aren’t for football and other kids’ games

Remember our Sunday-best outfits? As children, we girls wore patent leather shoes, frilly party-type dresses with white gloves, clutched matching patent leather purses, and hats with ribbons snaking down our backs. Hats for women once were a requirement in Catholic churches – can you imagine that today?
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Most important parts of life

Sometimes our focal point in life is off. We should be looking at – and appreciating – what we are holding in our hands – life’s blessings and gifts.
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Columbus Day is a celebration of faith and heritage in Little Italy

Baltimore’s Italian community will launch its 128th Columbus Day Commemoration & Parade Sunday, Oct. 7 – an event deemed the longest-running Columbus Day celebration in the United States.
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The light we need

Humans need light – that’s all there is to that. It is scientifically proven sunlight lifts our moods, and a good explanation as to why people generally feel happier and more energized in the summer.
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Should Jesus be in the picture?

How much better would our lives be if Jesus was always in the picture?
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The Gentleness of Father Bernie

I find him to be such a tender and calm soul. He speaks gently. He celebrates Mass gently. He acts gently. I love chatting with Father Bernie – his tranquility is contagious.
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Two of my friends don’t believe in God

I do know this … we have no power in other people's spaces. But God does.
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When people ask us to pray

The next time someone asks you to pray for something or someone specifically, it is because that suggestion is significant to him or her. Let’s really hear the petition … pray it … and mean it.                   
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Is it appropriate etiquette to eat pepperoni pizza in a funeral home?

Death is such a part of our lives, and it puts us in a funny place. Since that's true, why not amuse ourselves?
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The people God wants us to meet

At times, we question why God places us with certain people: how did he pick that cabbage-head boyfriend, or that annoying neighbor who constantly causes drama along the street?
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Fourteen ways my dog is like God

I believe God created dogs so he could be with us more. He has gifted us with these marvelously loving animals, which are emotional, expressive and tail-waggingly happy, and placed them in our homes.
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