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Bobby

Bobby greeted me with his typical warm embrace.  This twenty-one year old had been at the Drug Treatment Center for a week now and reported that he was progressing well.  I was his first visitor, he exclaimed, not a surprise given his family’s lack of concern for him. Once the usual greetings were completed, Bobby…

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Betrayal

I could not believe it.  Even though the school year had already started, I was accepted as a freshman in an outstanding Cathedral High School when I moved back to my former home.  A seat was open because one of the class members had broken his leg just before the start of school.  Ironically, when…

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ICSC 2013

Greater Mission will bring something unprecedented to the 2013 ICSC conference: a new model for Catholic discipleship called With All Your Heart. Studies have shown that increasing generosity among Catholics will be most successful if there is a direct connection to a person’s spiritual life and the parish’s mission and vision. The With All Your Heart model by Greater…

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Reunion

Dr. Canhasi’s eyes were glued to the television, as thousands of miles away his whole world was collapsing. His wife and four children were among the hundreds of thousands of Albanians that the television showed were being driven into the streets and forced marched out of the country of their birth, Kosovo.  This blitzkrieg like…

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Enthusiasm for the Resurrection

Nicky watched as Sister Ann scurried about her apartment arranging everything in sight.  This eleven year old was fascinated by the two Sisters of Charity, who had moved next door into a 500 family low income public housing development. Overtaken by curiosity, Nicky asked, “What are you preparing for, Sister?  Sister Ann, a veteran educator,…

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All That Has Been Given for You

Trembling racked my body. I struggled to summon the strength necessary to speak to the doctor. He had just informed us that our first child, born only forty-eight hours before, had become seriously ill.  There must be a mistake!, my mind screamed, but there was not. Awash with tears, my wife and I raced for…

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Holy and Humble Father

The door to the balcony was about to open. People around the world were holding their collective breaths. The Cardinal stepped out and informed us that Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the new Pope. With that announcement, the door to a whole new future for the Catholic Church swung wide open.  The Holy Spirit had led…

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Sharing God’s Love

The opening of the front door startled her awake.  One look around the room reminded her that she was at home and not in her University of Florida apartment.  Her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins would soon be coming to the house to celebrate her twenty-first birthday. With sadness she recalled that her older brother…

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He was weary after a day of tiring work.  Life in the United States had been much more difficult than he imagined when he left his native Guatemala.  While rest was tempting, his sense of responsibility as President of his parish’s Spanish community required him to attend a meeting with representatives of the Archdiocese. He…

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Faith and Stewardship

In an inner-city public housing development where 500 very poor families lived on a single block, the Catholic Sisters who resided there hosted a weekly Bible Study for their neighbors of all faiths. On this particular evening the Scripture for discussion was Matthew 25, “whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you…

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