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50 Intentions for a Happier, Healthier, and More Peaceful You in 2016!

50 Intentions for a Happier, Healthier, and More Peaceful You in 2016!

On New Year’s Eve we are all excited about our resolutions and promises to make this year the best yet. Well, it’s almost the end of January and how many of us have stuck to our resolutions? In my opinion, that’s the problem with resolutions; they are hard to keep. In fact, they may even cause us more stress because we set our expectations so high and then when we don’t keep our resolutions we feel like a failure. Resolution sounds a lot like the big “c” word – commitment and we all know that we don’t have time to commit to one more activity in our busy lives. In fact, the very word “resolution” actually means “to make a firm decision to do or not do something or the action of solving a problem.” Thus, to set a resolution each year declares that there is something broken in our lives and we need to fix it.

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Solidarity: More Than a Five-Dollar Word

Solidarity: More Than a Five-Dollar Word

As 2016 begins, I have been thinking a lot about solidarity. It’s such a vital part of our Catholic identity. Jesus taught us by word and action what it means to stand with our brothers and sisters—especially those in need—who are not part of our inner circle. And our own U.S. Catholic Bishops call solidarity one of the seven basic foundations of Catholic social teaching. Yet there is so much division in our world and in our country—between countries and continents, between people of different races or religious beliefs, between political parties, between conservatives and liberals, even between neighbors and neighborhoods. It makes me wonder how often we as Church and as individuals practice solidarity. How are we teaching and modeling this virtue in our ministry?

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The Gift of Belonging

The Gift of Belonging

I belong to a Facebook group with neighbors and friends from when I was growing up. It’s specific – you had to grow up in the 70’s and 80’s between Summit and Prairie Avenue between 8th and 9th street in Sioux Falls South Dakota.

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