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Perhaps because we’re not so young anymore, the topic of death comes up at times when I’m with friends, and sometimes it gets around to what we’d like on our memorial cards.

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Next week we celebrate two feast days of saints who modeled love for the world. Most everyone knows about St. Valentine, whose feast day on Feb. 14 has become synonymous with all things related to love, and especially romantic love.

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Later in February, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica will be hosting an actress, who will perform a one-woman play entitled “Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day.”

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In the Christian denominations that follow a liturgical calendar, the Christmas season ended and “Ordinary Time” began on Tuesday, Jan. 14. This period will last until Lent begins. So it’s a kind of in-between time, a breathing space before the demands of Lent.

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As we reflect upon the past decade and the new year that just started, it’s a good time to take a look at what changes occurred in our lives, what we would do differently if we had a chance, and what we look forward to in the coming year.

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As a freshman in college, I was in an introduction to English composition class. One of our first assignments was to write about the smell of a hamburger.

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I would like to address two concepts based on scripture readings that are part of the traditional bible passages for Advent.