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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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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.

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For the last few weeks, in the days leading up to the beginning of Advent, our community has been reading from the Book of Maccabees and the Book of Daniel.

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In this season leading up to Christmas, among the popular scripture readings are the stories related to John the Baptist.

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Most people value prayer but don’t feel they pray enough or pray well. They think they need to have more time and better ways of praying. A common saying on prayer is that “the desire to pray is prayer.“

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It’s the holiday time of year again. Whether your family observes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or some mash-up of everyone in the family’s beliefs and disbeliefs, there is general agreement that it is a time of caring and sharing.

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I was sitting there staring at my computer screen, completely blank (both the screen and me), trying desperately to think of something to write about for this week’s column.