An occasional series based on stuff that hangs in my room… or my heart. Wishes are funny things. When I was young, there were so many things I wished for: to be thinner or shorter. To have Michael Strum (first grade, I believe) fall in love with me and get married. Most of my wishes […]

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The Basics: Born October 4, 1922, in Italy; died April 28, 1962, in Italy; canonized May 16, 2004, by John Paul II; feast day, April 28. Wife; mother; physician. The Story: It is a story in some ways is so similar to that of many women today. Gianna, a wife and mother of three children, was in […]

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Of Baggage and Faith

by Melanie on April 25, 2017

in Catholicism, Cursillo, Nonfiction, Spirituality

Note: On Tuesdays and some Sundays, you can find me at Your Daily Tripod, owned by my friend TonyD. A longer version of the post below appears there. One of my favorite apocryphal stories is the one about the guy with two bags of groceries, trudging down the road. A man in a pickup takes pity […]

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The Basics: Born in 1268 in Italy; died in 1317 in Italy; canonized in 1725 by Benedict XIII; feast day, April 20. Woman religious; mystic. The Story: Agnes was drawn to a special relationship with Jesus and His Mother from an early age. Even though her wealthy family initially opposed her desire to join a religious community […]

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