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MAN OF THE HOUSE | Seeing God through intimate eyes

I had a special photo as the screen-saver on my smartphone for a long time. Whenever I needed a smile, I just looked at that picture of one of the most memorable undertakings in my life — the day I went sky-diving. I had glanced at it countless times when out of the blue a certain realization struck me.

I look just like my dad.

The skin tone, the shape of my face, the gray hair and beard — spitting image. And the eyes. I've got my father's eyes.

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BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Trusting God in the Labyrinth

June is a natural time to review the previous school year and look forward to the next. While school years are linear on a calendar, they ebb and flow continuously. Recently I shared with our elementary principals that a good metaphor for the past school year is that of the labyrinth.

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Corpus Christi, other eucharistic processions draw attention to Jesus, not to themselves

Catholics should draw attention to Jesus, not to themselves 

The Catholic Way describes the manner in which Catholics should approach service — under the radar and without fanfare. Many Catholics adhere to this principle, doing good deeds for the sake of doing good deeds as opposed to doing them for personal attention.

The Bible tells us so.

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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Find Christ beyond our compulsions

All three readings for the 13th Sunday in Oradinary Time speak about the paradox of losing life in order to find life. In the first reading, the prophet Elisha meets a woman of influence who persuades him to dine with her. Later, whenever the prophet passed by, he would stop to dine there. She and her husband agreed to fix up a room for him to stay every time he passed by. On one occasion the man of God said to her, "This time next year you will be fondling a baby son."

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POPE’S MESSAGE | Holiness means being open to God

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 in his weekly general audience.

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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | El plan de Dios se cumple a su tiempo, no el nuestro

Comenzamos esta semana un ciclo de lecturas del Antiguo Testamento que nos llevan a través de las historias de Abraham, Isaac, Jacob y José. En la lectura del lunes, Dios le hace una promesa a Abraham. Esta promesa se repite varias veces a través de la semana. Pero probablemente la fase clave es: "Entonces Abraham viajó por etapas al Negeb."

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BEFORE THE CROSS | God’s plan is fulfilled in His time, not ours

We begin a cycle of Old Testament readings this week that takes us through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. In Monday's reading, God gives a promise to Abraham. This promise is reiterated several times throughout the week. But the key phrase is probably this: "Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb."

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Project Life teens serve as signs of God’s presence

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After her farm was hit by a tornado more than three months ago, pretty much all that's left of Sharolyn LaRose-Brown's property is the shell of a home in which she once lived and several mounds of debris that once made up nine separate outbuildings.

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God’s Garage Sale: a huge testament to love of neighbor

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Patty Benner tacked on several dollars to her total for a used table, lamp and two candle holders. The whole amount — the $17 furniture cost plus donation — will help orphans in Haiti.

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Young Catholic Musicians tout ‘sense of community’

Lauren Koesterer, a rising junior at Cor Jesu Academy (right), played the trumpet alongside her twin brother, Justin Koesterer, a rising junior at St. Louis University High School, left, on June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill. They have been playing trumpet regularly at different Masses for about three years. Lauren has been awarded a scholarship through Young Catholic Musicians.

Lauren Koesterer can't help tooting her horn about the Young Catholic Musicians.

She has played trumpet with the talented young instrumentalists and musicians for about six years.

"It's a great sense of community," Lauren said. "We're all doing something we love — singing or playing an instrument. It's a way to come together to share our talents."

Being part of the music at Mass is a way of glorifying God with those talents, she added.

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