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He’s retiring and may be hungry, but he won’t be bored

A longtime principal ‘is grateful for the chance I was given to teach those many years ago’ By George Valadie It was eight years ago to the day. I walked into the principal’s office I had heretofore only visited to sit in the chair that had become my turn to …

Changes in life that are symbolized by a new name

From those received at baptism or upon becoming a dad and grandfather, names are intimate things By Bob Hunt There are only a few choices in life so significant that it changes who we are, and that change is symbolized by a new name. There is our baptism, a choice …

Called to community

The choices one makes about identity, meaning, and purpose have an enormous impact on others By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Men and women are by nature social animals. We usually grow up in a familial setting and attend school with other boys and girls. We learn, through these relationships, …

The gate of heaven

St. John Paul II: ‘Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ — ­it is never time lost but rather time gained’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the …

A faithful servant of Divine Mercy

In his 60 years of priestly ministry, Cardinal Rigali has proclaimed the mercy of God and has been the instrument of His forgiveness By Bishop Richard F. Stika “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for …

The answer to so many questions is: experience

Life is the only teacher for lessons high school seniors have yet to learn By George Valadie Like many Catholics throughout the country, Nancy and I, until recently, have been attending Sunday Mass virtually. We’ve celebrated liturgies from Chattanooga to Boston and points in between. Some churches were empty, some …

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Life and hope

Many are the struggles and disappointments in life, but with Christ our Great Hope we triumph By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In God alone be at rest, my soul, for my hope is from Him.” — Psalm 62:6 As I prepare this column, it is Holy Week, and by happy …

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Each Eucharist is a promise of eternal life

The Church, in her prayers, professes her faith in the Eucharist as the whole saving action of Christ by Bob Hunt The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. . . . For in the blessed Eucharist is contained …

The resurrection and the Gospels: apostolic eyewitnesses

The Apostles realized that the risen Jesus’ humanity was changed, but He was the same person by Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The readings during the Easter season, especially during the octave of Easter, the eight days from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday, go through several apparitions of the …

St. Joseph: a man of faith that moves mountains

The Scriptures’ ‘silent man’ did what the Lord commanded without hesitation By Leila S. al-Imad, Ph.D. The silent man of the Scriptures, but one of the most influential characters of the New Testament. His strength and power come from his acceptance without reluctance the command given to him in a …

Emma on meatless Fridays: ‘I didn’t sign up for that!’

A grandchild’s statement spurs thinking on a number of things we ‘didn’t sign up for’ By George Valadie I wasn’t the first to say it, certainly wasn’t the first to think it. But I wish I had. Because I’ve repeated it often. “If we had known grandkids were this great, …

A heartfelt thank you

Letters to parents are the write idea when it comes to a Catholic education By George Valadie Dear Mom and Dad, How have y’all been lately? It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to talk — too long really. I just wanted to write this short note to thank you …