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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, July 29, 2012
The plane taxied to the edge of the runway and stopped. Then the captain made the announcement every passenger dreads: A storm had shut down all major airports; because other aircraft had already filled the gates back at the terminal, the plane had to stay on the runway. And to make matters worse: the crew had just discovered that the airline’s catering service had not re-stocked the plane – all the food and beverage compartments on board were empty.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, July 22, 2012
Julia Bluhm is an Eighth Grader in Waterville, Maine. At school, girls often complain that they are having a "fat day." Or that their skin was pimply or blemished. Or that they looked disgusting. Julia’s response to her classmates: "Are you crazy?"
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, July 15, 2012

It starts innocently enough, a chafing dish here, a set of coffee mugs there. The next thing you know, you’re buried under an avalanche of "stuff." In her new book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, the award-winning journalist and novelist Anna Quindlen writes about her own battle with consumerism.

"One day I peered inside my closet and realized it looked like it belonged to a woman with multiple personality disorder. The bohemenian look, the sharp suits, the frilly dresses. Those days are behind me, and I finally know whom I’m dressing: a person who has 18 pairs of black pants."

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, July 8, 2012

In the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a group of British retirees come to Mumbai, India, to live out their retirements. They are enticed to the Marigold by the exaggerated advertisements designed by the young manager – but the run-down hotel is nothing like what is pictured in the slick brochure.

Each of the seven guests deals with the challenges of their new circumstances with varying degrees of English stiff-upper-lip stoicism. Jean Ainslie is a relentlessly negative woman who despises everything about India: the heat, the food, the poverty, the unrelenting masses. Having lost their retirement savings in their daughter’s Internet start-up, Jean resents both her new life and her foundering marriage. Angry and afraid she refuses to leave the hotel.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Canadian medical student volunteered to work in a clinic in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the small country. One night in the infirmary, after a hectic day, she met Emanuella, who was fourteen years old and still in her gray school uniform.

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