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What Happened When I Picked up a Hitchhiker.

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On my way home from work I did something I almost never do, I picked up a hitchhiker. There have been only two other times that I have done something like this. In the first instance I noticed a man walking in the cold carrying a gas can. I remembered seeing a disabled car a mile or so back so I felt that it was safe to pick the man up. In the second case I saw an elderly woman whose truck had...

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Pumpkins and Sacraments

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Reclaiming the Night 
It seems as though the world always takes things we Catholics celebrate and twists them for pleasure and gain. For instance, Mardi Gras has gone from a celebration before we enter a time of self-examination and penance to an excuse to drink, party, and worse. Halloween is no different. It has turned from a time of remembering those who have gone before us in Christ as well as...

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Storing Up Riches.

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I can't help but think of this passage every time I pass a self-storage business. Yes, that means I think of this passage a lot. Like weeds of greed along the highways and byways they dot the landscape in every city. For folks on a pilgrimage, we sure gather a lot of junk. Yet, hardly ever do we consider parting with our junk.

Take my dad for instance. He has a hereditary disease that keeps him...

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No More Complaining!

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I'm a melancholic person. I'm Eeyore and Puddle-glum rolled into one. My favorite hobby/habit? Complaining. If you know anything about the melancholic personality you know that they generally see the world as it is. This, in its self is not a bad thing. However, melancholics have this nasty tendency to also idealize and see the world as it should be. Therein lies the problem. In one instance I can...

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At Least They're Here...

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I was surfing through some blogs today and found a comment on a post about people dressing inappropriately for Mass that went something like this, "We should be thankful that at least they are here.  They are loving Jesus even if they don't know it."

Of course this made my head spin. Whenever my head starts to spin because of comments or postings of this nature I always take a deep breath. After...

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