SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD: Has First Communion Fashion Gone Over the Top?

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Antique lace appliqués detail the silk bodice and cascade down the skirt of a tea-length dress.  Five layers of gathered tulle create a voluminous A-line silhouette. MOMS AND DADS:  This is one of those times when I really want to know what YOU think! I heard a story this week from a friend, a teacher at a Catholic elementary school, about current trends in First Communion fashion.  My friend made the point—correctly, it seems to me—that the significance of this holy occasion has … [Read more...]

LIFE WITHOUT DO-SI-DOS: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Girl Scouts

 Who can turn away a sweet little girl, boxes of cookies in her wagon, smiling hopefully at your front door?  And who can turn down the savory pleasures to be found in every box of Thin Mints and Samoas and Savannahs?  *     *     *     *     * Well, I can. You see, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies are divided:  You may be happy with your local Scout leader, happy with the projects undertaken by your local Girl Scout Council.  However, while a portion … [Read more...]

MATTHEW TALBOT: Inspiration and Hope for Alcoholics

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He was not wealthy. He was not educated. He was not well known. He was an alcoholic. But Matthew Talbot is on his way to becoming a saint.  *     *     *     *     *  Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of twelve children.  His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers. Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a wine merchant’s shop. It was there he began drinking, … [Read more...]


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