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St. Nicholas

December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. That’s right! The fella we’ve come to know as Santa Clause is as real as you and me … And he was a fourth century bishop in a placed called Myra, which was a city in the place we now call Turkey.

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St. Michael

I love the feast of St. Michael and All Angels because of the way it reminds me of God’s ultimate victory over all evil that opposes God and God’s people.

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St. Mary

What we believe about Mary directly impacts what we believe about Jesus. The virgin birth of Jesus is a central—essential—doctrine of Christianity. And it’s impossible for there to be a virgin birth without, well, a virgin.

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Nick Vujicic’s message of hope

Though he was born without arms and legs, Nick Vujicic didn’t give up hope. Today his story is inspiring people all over the world. Skip to about 1:40 in this video to get to the heart of Nick’s message.

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Simple Things

I opened my eyes and looked down and Steve was holding the door for me, grinning to himself. I have no idea how long he had been holding it, though it was probably only a couple seconds, long enough to cause him to smile at my basking in the open air. via So, Steve Jobs […]

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A Good Thing

In a marriage, you begin to understand your partner’s true self. You see the person they’re longing to be.

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Absolved, not pardoned

Even in the moments between the moments that change our lives, there’s a germ of opportunity waiting to be exploited; time remains at its post, waiting to see if I’ll use every second I’m granted to inch that much closer to a destiny, a calling, a dream.

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100 Best First Lines of Novels

I loved this list. Not only was it nice to revisit some of my own favorite first lines, but I found my appetite whetted by some unfamiliar ones.

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Inside a dog’s world

An excerpt from a new book by Alexandra Horowitz. The hidden gem of this take on the psychology of dogs is that it brings more insight into human nature than dogginess. Examining the animal psyche in contrast with our response to it is an enlightening journey into the human condition.

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Last Grandson of an Emperor

Because he considered himself a citizen of the Ottoman Empire, he refused to carry the passport of any country. Instead, he traveled with a certificate devised by his lawyer.