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Sacrament vs Civil

There are two ways to get married: traditionally, through the Church, or civilly, through the courts, a ceremony legally performed by a judge or Justice of the Peace. Both ceremonies hold much in common: Both require valid legal documents,...

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We Turned Off Our Pursuit of NCIS and Turned On Our Pursuit of God

In my last blog about the empty nest, one line stuck with me and won’t let me rest: “It takes lots of prayer and lots of conversation with that spouse to navigate it with grace.” That...

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Close to the Broken Hearted

Jack, a senior, lost the leading role in the fall play to a freshman. Maggie lost her entire friend group who “un-followed” her on SnapChat. Ben lost his 29-year-old cousin to a heroin overdose. Dana spent Saturday at the...

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All the Days of My Life

“I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life…” -Roman Catholic Rite of Matrimony The concept of...

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Preparing the Empty Nest

Whether the thought of the empty nest on YOUR horizon brings dread or delight, anticipation can shape the reality ahead. On the positive, your home stays cleaner longer. It seems more spacious. You have more time for YOU. You...

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Admitting My Sins

The Sacrament of Reconciliation lies in wait for us Catholics. In many parishes, the lines at the confessional are short. A parish with 2500 families generally schedules one hour a week for confessions, additional options available “by appointment.” We...

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