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Posts Tagged ‘Family’



Pope Says Relax and Don’t be a Sourpuss

The recently published book, “Pope Francis: His Life and His Own Words,” documents the interviews Pope Francis had with two Argentinian journalists while he was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. One of the journalists asked him, “Do we need to rediscover the meaning of leisure?” Pope Francis replied: “Together with a ...
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The Perfect Day

My son was baptized on Pentecost. Celebrating his first sacrament, and joining all Catholics around the world celebrating the birth of the Church on the same day was an amazing experience. I’d love to take credit for some ingenious planning, but it was the Holy Spirit at work. Two dates ...
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Home Away from Home

I was on staff at a retreat house and, as leader of song, I had a full view of the congregation for every gathering. One Sunday afternoon at the closing retreat Mass, I noticed a young woman I had not seen all weekend. Granted, there were about 175 women ...
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The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, celebrated on February 2, commemorates the first appearance of the Holy Family in the Temple in Jerusalem. Mary, although perpetually a virgin, underwent the ritual purification required of the mother of a firstborn son. In fact, for centuries, this feast was known ...
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Wesolych swiat!

At the back of RENEW International’s Advent Awakenings, Appendix 4 describes the Eastern European custom of sharing the opłatek on Christmas Eve. Although I am “Prisco” by birth and “Capurso” by marriage, my strongest ethnic identity is the gift of my mother’s Polish-American family, the Kakoleski’s, and the opłatek tradition ...
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Reading Scripture

My grandfather, Domenico Paolino, was an avid reader in both English and Italian, but nobody in our family had any doubt as to what was his favorite book.   It was a collection of passages excerpted from an Italian-language Bible.   Nor did anyone in our family have any doubt as to what was ...
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