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Storms

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Posted by Fr. Matt Oprendek on

Heading into last weekend, we had good news and bad news.  The good news is on the East Coast, where our super storm is unlikely to hit. The bad news is on the West Coast, where another storm of gun violence did. The poor families of the Roseburg, Oregon community are certainly...

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Salt

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I’m a big fan of salt.  Quality salt can make any dish go from “hmm, that’s pretty good” to “oh my gosh, that’s AMAZING!”   Did you know, salt works on food in at least two ways?  When food is salted, it releases certain molecules into...

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Wade

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Have you ever just wanted to get your feet wet? Not a full on, change-into-a-bathing-suit-and jump-into-swim-around sort of day, but a “Oh, just let me take of my shoes, roll up my jeans and wade around for in a little bit?” Imagine how the sand feels under your feet, how the water...

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Returning

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert had a friend who once exclaimed, “Oh, it’s so beautiful I can’t wait to come back!” This beautiful bread was made everyday at our neighborhood bakery, and each morning that I went there, I would always think, “I can’t wait to come...

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Anticipation

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Some of you readers might be old enough to remember the Carly Simon song, “Anticipation” and how a certain ketchup company used that song in their commercials. I’m experiencing some of that eager anticipation, as I write this blog. As you may be aware, E.D. and I are leaving...

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A Beautiful Space

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E.D. and I recently got to spend a “get away” weekend at a friend’s lake house in New Hampshire.  This pier on their property became a favorite spot — a place where you could sit, reflect, consider the incredible beauty of the water, the mountains, the trees, and the...

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Summer Food

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There’s just something about summer foods that make it feel like summer — for me, it’s either enjoying heirloom tomatoes or maybe fresh blueberries.  Some people connect peaches to summertime or maybe for you, it’s the taste of sweet corn or maybe just a good...

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A Whole New Light

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Have you ever seen someone “in a whole new light”?   I recently heard a woman describe the moment when she realized her college study-mate “was kinda cute” and suddenly, she saw him in a whole new light.  It’s like she saw him — not just as a...

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About Those Grates

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For every window well around the church, we have these metal grates. They’re pretty cool if you think about it. Thanks to our Lift High The Cross Campaign, they’re all getting sanded down to remove the rust and repainted to protect the metal.  But have you ever stopped and...

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Bishop Knudsen's Farewell Letter

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Hi Friends We were the fortunate recipients of the ministry and friendship of Bp. Knudsen, who now moves to the Diocese of Maryland. If you spent any time with Bp. K, you knew how she radiated with God's love, the healing presence of Jesus, and the infectious joy of God's...

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