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Monday, November 30, 2015
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  • 5 Ideas for Thanksgiving Grace
    One special way our Lord prayed was Scripture. Of all Hebrew scripture, the Church honors the Psalms in a special way--not just because these verses are part of the Bible, but, most importantly, because they are the prayer book of the Jewish people. So, if you are looking for a unique way of offering grace this Thanksgiving, why not use Jesus’ prayer. Below are excerpts from the Psalms to pray, as my five ideas for Thanksgiving Grace. 
  • Catholic actress says ‘Cinderella’ is tale of love and generosity
    In her first entrance on stage in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” Lauren Sprague wears a bug costume. “People think acting is all glamorous, then I realize I am in a bug costume,” the singer-dancer joked. 
  • Cubby LaHood opened her home, and her heart, to caring for children and families
    Annalise “Cubby” LaHood died at her Silver Spring home on Sept. 21, just six days shy of her 59th birthday. A Washington native, she gained the nickname of “Cubby” as a child, after one of the Mickey Mouse Club’s mouseketeers. Later she studied social work, and after the birth of her son Joe, she opened up a day care center in her home, and began caring for children with disabilities. 
  • ‘Mutts’ comic strip features a week’s worth of quotes from Pope Francis
    Patrick McDonnell, creator of the “Mutts” comic strip that appears in 700 newspapers, used the week of Sept. 21 – the week of the papal visit – to feature seven quotations from Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si’.” 
  • Five ways to be a great explorer
    Moving out of our comfort zones is never easy, but imagine the amazing things we could discover if we let ourselves be explorers. In the spirit of Christopher Columbus, I offer you five ways to be a great explorer. 
  • Walking the ‘Walk with Francis’
    I know we all have busy lives, so the goal here is to do something simple and yet powerful, much like Francis himself. I encourage you to consider a pledge that is: 1) simple – it’s easy to do; 2) measurable – you can do it every day, or between now and the Pope’s arrival, etc.; and 3) flexible – you can do whatever speaks to you. 
  • As election campaign heats up, comedian Mark Russell returning to Ford’s Theatre
    Retirement didn’t sit well with Mark Russell. Or rather, the political satirist got bored of sitting, reading books and taking trips. Retirement, says Russell, was “awful.” 
  • 5 reasons why change is good
    This summer I was transferred from one parish to another. I loved my old parish  and was sad to go, but I was  also excited about the challenge of a new place. In between those two was one dreaded thing – moving! Although it was a hassle to pack up my life and unpack it again the next day, actually I really am grateful for the experience. To explain why, I offer you my five reasons why change is good. 
  • Encyclical offers practical tips for parishes, individuals to help the environment
    Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Sí, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion.  
  • ‘Newsies’ actor says Catholic faith is constant in his life as he travels the country
    As he tours the United States and Canada playing the part of Romeo in the musical, “Newsies,” singer-dancer Nico DeJesus says no matter what city he is in, he feels at home once he finds a church in which to attend Mass. 
  • 5 ways to say “I do” again and again
    Marriage vows are not just meant for the wedding day but for all the days of your life. So I offer you five ways to say “I do” again and again. 
  • Tips for picture perfect wedding photos and a stress-free day
    Many of the keys to having a successful wedding day, to getting wedding photos you truly love, and to enjoying the celebration of your marriage to the fullest are the same. Here are a few tips for ensuring that the photography at your wedding turns out as wonderful as the day itself. 
  • World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’
    A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.  
  • Men encouraged to emulate example of Jesus’s love and sacrifice
    Men should look to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for a clear image of what it means to be a man in today’s society, participants at a Catholic men’s conference were told March 14. 
  • Lansbury raises the roof and spirits in ‘Blithe Spirit’
    Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” – now on stage at the National Theatre – is sharp-witted, fast-paced drawing room farce that still manages to offer a satisfying evening of theater more than 70 years after it was first staged. Combine the well-written material with the outstanding performance of legendary Angela Lansbury and this production, which has played to sold out audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, is near perfection. 
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