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Sister Pat Thomas

Sr. Pat is Dominican Sister of Peace from Columbus, Ohio, and has served as a Residence Hall Rector at the University of Notre Dame and as Director of Campus Ministry at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition to her duties as a Presenter for RENEW, Sr. Pat also coordinates RENEW's Young Adult Ministry efforts with Campus RENEW and RENEW Theology on Tap.

 

I have been reading a wonderful book titled The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Somé. In his reflections, the author shares his belief that nature, ritual, and community must work together in order for any one of them to be effective.   In Somé’s village of Dagara in Burkina Faso, when a woman […]

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October is Respect Life Month, when we are called to reflect on life, the right to life for the unborn and, in the big picture, the right to life for all human beings.   We must do all we can to end the evil of abortion. We need to be aware of the leaders in […]

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I love driving to work these days. The flowering trees, the tiny green buds of leaves, daffodils and petunias popping out of the ground, baby animals tripping through the woods with their moms, kids walking to school without coats or heavy boots—these and more are signs of new life and new possibilities. It is easy […]

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Flo Consiglio, the “Pizza Woman of New Haven,” recently passed away, and the town mourned. The local paper carried tributes to her on the front page for at least two days and provided a place for people to send in even more tributes online.   I know the name might give you the idea that […]

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The Voice has grown in popularity to become one of the most watched reality TV programs. It seems to have even outdistanced American Idol, a program, which like The Voice is now seeking a new musical judge from the country and western genre.   Both TV shows have many fans and lots of publicity, but […]


 
 

As I checked out my calendar, I discovered that July is blueberry month, hot dog month, and ice cream month. It seems that every day of the month is dedicated to something, for example, sidewalk egg frying day or build a scarecrow day. Every day that is, except July 16.   Yet, July 16 is […]

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“Our Lord tells us to repay evil with good.” St. Boniface spoke these words on the day he was martyred in eighth-century Germany. As he faced death, he was able to recall the mercy and compassion of God and to offer a spirit of forgiveness to those who took his life. Why did he have […]

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It has been said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell God your plans”.   I am reminded of the story of the Israelites in the days of the Judges. In the First Book of Samuel, the newest judges, who just happen to be Samuel’s sons, are highly corrupt and unfair. The people demand […]

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I was listening to a press conference the other day, and a prominent politician spoke to the notion that we in America have lost our sense of hope. He was primarily referring to the economic state of our nation with the lack of jobs, the state of politics in our country, etc. This led him […]

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By trade he was a carpenter. Though he himself was never rich, he came from royal lineage, most notably David, the greatest king of Israel. He was a compassionate and caring man who saw marriage to his pregnant fiancée as more important than allowing the laws of the day to prevail, and thus he kept […]

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