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Southern Comfort

I could feel the ancient spirit of my irrevocably Catholic grandmother’s glare penetrating through my devastated consciousness with the fury of the Inquisition—my father’s nurturing mother, a widow for half a century who never remarried after a drunk driver sent my grandfather to his untimely death, my religiously and patriotically fervent, wizened, matriarchal grandmother whose eat-all-your-peas passion was more than strong enough to guarantee to even the worst skeptic that the goodness of the Holy Spirit will invariably defeat Evil every single time, my eternal-hugging yet stern-disciplining grandmother, from beyond her grave, gave me that crushed mothering look of bitter disappointment that shattered my soul into supernumerary shards of foreboding shame. 2,131 more words

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August Community Meal

It’s Emaus’s turn to serve the Community Meal at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church next week Thursday, August 4. We apologize that with all the extra activities this month, there hasn’t been a sign-up sheet for this. 33 more words

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'Bad Apples' in Law Enforcement

To my knowledge, there has never been a point in U.S. history where the resentment of police officers has breached what it seems to be now. 605 more words

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Environmental Stewardship: Birds

by John Berge

A number of tourists on our recent trip to Bordeaux, France, brought along binoculars in anticipation of some bird watching. Unfortunately, about the only birds we saw were the ubiquitous flocks of pigeons, a few English sparrows and a couple of crows or ravens — all rather scavenger-types of birds. 356 more words

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Black Lives Certainly DO Matter

Ever since the end of the American Civil War in the 1860s, slavery in the U.S. has been successfully abolished. Skipping forward 100 years from this momentous event, you will find that minorities (blacks in particular) were still waging a war – this time against something less legal or forced than freedom from bondage. 520 more words

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Icarus Illumined

It hit him suddenly and with such unnerving force that its veracity shined as undeniably as the August sun, intensely, irrevocably. It was in no way malicious, but its effects were shattering. 1,689 more words

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Letter from Bishop Jeff

Like so many others, I find myself sitting in shock and sadness at the news of yet more violence, this time as police officers were targeted and killed in Dallas. 424 more words

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