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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, August 26, 2012

A group of pilgrims were visiting Chartres Cathedral and its great labyrinth – the circular walkway outlined on the church floor that pilgrims and penitents have prayerfully “walked” for centuries.

An older man and woman stood near the entrance watching visitors slowly walk the labyrinth. Then the woman took off her shoes and handed them, with her purse, to her husband. As he watched, she began to walk the intricate path. She cried as she walked; he cried watching her. When they pulled themselves together, they explained to a concerned onlooker that they had come to Chartres to celebrate the end of the woman’s treatment from breast cancer.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, August 19, 2012

At a small church just outside of Pittsburgh, it is the biggest day of the church year, in terms of attendance, after Easter and Christmas: Chili Sunday.

Every year on a Sunday in mid-January, members of the parish make their favorite chili recipe and bring it in a Crock-Pot to church. Volunteers set out serving bowls on long tables in the church hall, with little placards that identify the person who prepared each bowl. The beef chili is one table, while the turkey, chicken and vegetarian chili are on others. People hurry to the hall after church, plunge into the banquet and find their way to seats at the round tables.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, August 12, 2012

A woman was refilling her MetroCard at a crowded downtown subway station. Just as she was about to retrieve her card from the machine, a man came up behind her and grabbed the card and put it in his pocket.

“You took my card,” she shouted. “Give it back!” But he just looked at her and walked away.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, August 5, 2012
We pour over the financial pages; we’re constantly checking CNBC and the cable business channels. We look for that edge that can raise our portfolios out of the recession muck to profitable security. But as we make a financial score on an investment, we remain blissfully unaware of the harm the company has done to consumers or its work force or the environment to turn a profit. In pursuing what we want, we fail to see what we already have, to appreciate and enjoy the blessings of our lives. So what have you made?

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