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Our Attitude of Gratitude
Dear Friends,  Even as we thank God for family, friends and the blessings
of everyday life, let’s extend the boundaries of the things we think about as
Thanksgiving approaches. Let’s enlarge our attitude of gratitude. Here are two writers for whom gratitude...
Our Attitude of Gratitude
Our Attitude of Gratitude
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Creating an Attitude of Generosity
Dear Friends, Pepe and Rose were homeless people in Rochester in the
1980’s. Pepe was Sicilian, a burly, bushy-bearded man. Rose, his sweetheart,
was fair and Irish, complete with a lilting accent.    Somehow, they found their way to Saint
Mary’s Church, an...
Creating an Attitude of Generosity
Creating an Attitude of Generosity
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Beyond Our Own Desires
Dear Friends, There are wishes and then there
are desires. These two are not the same, are they? To wish for something may
put us in the realm of imagination. “When you wish upon a star…” Whereas when we
truly desire something, the goal is real, even if it ...
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Honoring Our Faith Traditions
Dear Friends, Three ancient feasts appear on our calendar this week: All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saint’s Day, and All Souls Day. In today’s culture, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day could very well not exist at all. Halloween, the first celebration of...
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Honoring Our Faith Traditions
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Exercising Our Civic Duty
Dear Friends, My friends, Giuseppe and Mark delayed returning to Milan, Italy until they could vote early in New York State. They wouldn’t miss voting for anything! Giuseppe became a citizen of the United States in 2008, in time to vote in the presidential ...
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Exercising Our Civic Duty
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Putting Our Possessions in Perspective
Dear Friends, Money. We earn it. We need it. We want more of it. We share it, or maybe not. Money helps or hinders us in our search for life’s value and meaning. Take the rich young man that Jesus meets in today’s Gospel. A good man. Still, the rich young m...
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The Aftermath of Divorce
Dear Friends, Like you, I have family members and friends who have been through a divorce. No one enters a marriage planning on divorce. No one enjoys the divorce process. It is a devastating experience. It tears at our lives. All of us know people who, bec...
The Aftermath of Divorce
The Aftermath of Divorce
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The Fabric of Community Life
Dear Friends, In the moral language of the centuries, “virtues and vices” are umbrella names for a whole set of characteristics – habits – which people unleash in their interactions with others. There’s not one set for the people of antiquity and another se...
The Fabric of Community Life
The Fabric of Community Life
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At Home in God
Dear Friends, Sonja, the wife of Ove in the book called “A Man Named Ove,” was a wise woman. After she died, and Ove was so empty that he contemplated suicide, Sonja’s words kept him going, even as other events evolved to make life livable for him again. La...
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Making Room for God
Dear Friends, We are never finished working and reworking the relationships of our lives. The ones that endure for a good part of our lifetimes are great treasures. In other relationships, one or the other party, or perhaps both recognize that they might go...
Making Room for God
Making Room for God
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