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Articles in Faith, Joy Holden and Holidays

Understanding and Coping with the Holiday Blues

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When I was a child, I was obsessed with Christmas, like I suppose most kids are. But, I knew that when the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” came on, things would get sad very quickly. As a first generation American, all I knew were small celebratio... Read full article

Quality Christmas

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We have become radical consumers in our culture. Somehow, more has become best. ... Read full article

Gossip Can Destroy

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Read about the destruction gossip causes from Very Rev. Randy M. Cuevas, V.F., Pastor St. Aloysius Catholic Church.... Read full article

Awaiting the Dawn

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This lyric, from the song “Closing Time,” oddly articulates the bittersweet paradox signified by Good Friday and Easter. If we really want to live for others, we must be willing to die to s... Read full article

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas

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With clever planning and creative thinking, families can offset the holiday-induced overload of sweets by staging entertaining and meaningful activities that are low or no-sugar. ... Read full article



Give Your Marriage A Second Chance

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The first and probably most rewarding institution God created was marriage and the family. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper for him.” Man needed help to manage God’s ... Read full article

Bless Their Heart

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It is a widely-known witticism that when you talk about someone in the South, one can self-pardon by simply adding the words, “bless their heart.” The reality is, what is being said rarely does actually bless anybody. It seems harmless enough, until ... Read full article

Renew Your Mind and Let Your Light Shine

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As I sit staring out the window, a golden orange sunset blazes behind indigo clouds. Just like the glow behind the dark clouds, there is light that makes even the darkest areas of our lives shine. ... Read full article

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be Done...In America

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The voice on the radio said that it was time for the program’s weekly tribute to America as the piano and voice of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful” came through the speakers.... Read full article

Christmas All Around the World

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We know we love Christmas here in America, but Christmas is also celebrated across the globe in ways you cannot even imagine. The religious significance of the holiday is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, while the secular festivities involve a ... Read full article

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