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Your donation will help end the suffering of one blogger who will no longer have to worry about meeting a page view quota for an entire month.During that time, the blogger you sponsor can devote her time to studying to pass her NC state board real estate Broker exam.Whaddya say?Help ease my suffering this month so I can devote more time to study, please? … [Read more...]

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Begone, You Wilted Bane of My Existence. I Can Still Celebrate Christmas Without You…

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... I couldn't take it anymore. The tree had to go.Christmas. More like chrismess. Needles and dead greenery everywhere. And the crippled, pathetic thing kept tipping over.Now don't mistake me. I'm no Grinch, typically I'm a Christmas purists who keeps her tree up at least until Epiphany. I tried keeping all the decorations up until Candlemas one year but, oh, the fire hazard.I just don't get how dead, shriveled greenery is supposed to recall the birth of Christ. I suppose in … [Read more...]

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But It’s Still Christmas…

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... I used to think the saddest sight was a discarded Christmas tree on the curb the day after Christmas. Nope. I was wrong.The saddest thing ever was watching my neighbor remove his exterior lights at 3pm on Christmas Day. … [Read more...]

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A Thanksgiving Miracle…

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... An amazing thing happened this Thanksgiving.I didn't make it back to Virginia to see my family. I missed out on My Big Fat Puerto Rican Thanksgiving, an event I look forward to every year.But that's not the amazing part.The amazing part was instead of feeling depressed and sorry for myself, I felt incredibly grateful - grateful to have family that misses me when I am not there.And not only that, I had multiple invitations to spend Thanksgiving with various friends. I was … [Read more...]

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Overlooked and Dismissed During the Synod, How Single Parents Continue to be Regarded in the Church…

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Well, the Extraordinary Synod for the Family, has ended, and not surprisingly single parents have gotten the same sort of polite inattention from the Catholic bishops that we are used to getting in the pews. Special attention should be given to the accompaniment of single-parent families, in a particular way to help women who have to carry alone the responsibility of the home and raising children. That vague-sounding one line was all the consideration single parents saw in the final … [Read more...]

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Can Parents Protect Their Children From Abusive Relationships…

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In a previous post I discussed why women choose to stay in violent relationships. In response, this question was posted,So, how do we protect our children from marrying abusers? Do we just accept that mistakes happen and people are just hoodwinked by sociopaths now and again? Can you think of anything that would have inoculated you against marrying someone who would hurt you?Excellent question. But the answer isn't simple.Unfortunately, there is no guarantee against abusive … [Read more...]

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The Assumption For the Senses…

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... Sense of sound and sight.Fernando LlanosJuan Martin CabezaleroAndrea Del Sarto … [Read more...]

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Norfolk, VA Scouts Hoping to Solve Local Gang Problems…

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... I got such a soft spot in my heart for the Boy Scouts of America. I've been blessed to be part of a wonderful, active troop lead by dedicated and faithful fathers who are really committed to their kids.The BSA has taught my son self reliance, helped him become more independent and confident, and has taught him the virtues of helping others and respecting authority. Stuff I can teach but that really, for boys, needs to be reinforced by adult male role models.When my son needs Scout … [Read more...]

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3 New Priests Ordained in Charlotte Diocese…

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... "Now, dear sons, you are to be raised to the order of priesthood."HUNTERSVILLE — The morning of June 28 was marked by pure joy and gratitude as the Diocese of Charlotte’s three newest priests were ordained.With expressions filled with emotion, Paul Maxwell Buchanan, Noah Christian Carter and Paul David McNulty stood before Bishop Peter J. Jugis to present themselves for priestly ordination at the start of the ordination Mass at St. Mark Church.Father Christopher Gober, dir … [Read more...]

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