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My big fat Italian Thanksgiving

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This year, I will celebrate the gift of family by embracing my Italian tradition

How a walk in a cemetery can bring peace and perspective

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The quiet, peaceful atmosphere of a cemetery makes it a comfortable place to pray.

Learning to trust that you can breathe underwater

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After all, as anyone who has felt like they were drowning in the difficulties of life knows, it’s sometimes hard to breathe when you feel so overwhelmed. The trust that helps me BREATHE also requires that I trust myself and know that am enough, I have enough and God is enough for me.

Don’t take that grenade for anyone

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It's not easy to recognize when you are in an abusive relationship — and even harder to leave one.

Gardening: How worry gave way to hope

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As the flowers bloomed, died and bloomed again, I grieved losses and experienced a renewed hope. Slowly, we all began to recover.

Coping with the clergy abuse crisis in the church: Don’t run, rebuild

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How does a lifelong, faithful Catholic, reconcile herself with a church plagued by the scandal and horrors of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up?

When you’re stopped at a red light, do you pretend you’re invisible?

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The things people do while they're waiting at a red light range from amusing to odd to just plain gross. Celia Marszal-Iannellli conducted her own survey.

The slang you use will date you

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Whether you realize it or not, the slang you use says a lot about how old you are.

Life, repurposed in the hands of God

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God wastes nothing in our lives — all our life experiences fit into His plan to become spiritual treasures when we most need them.

As the fire of your trials burns all around you, stop and hear the voice of God

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Know that the Lord is present in the intense suffering of your life. He will see you through the fire. These trials by fire will not consume you and will even cause new growth to emerge and new beauty to flourish in the ashes.
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