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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, December 30, 2012
Imagine losing Jesus. You work hard to provide for your family, but your work takes you away too many days and nights, and you lose Jesus. You become distracted by all the demands placed on you; when you are finally able to look up, you lose Jesus. You try to walk Jesus’ path, you want to live the Gospel – but you cut too many corners, you go along to get along one too many times, you take too many moral and ethical shortcuts, and you lose Jesus.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, December 23, 2012

One thing pregnancy means is being taken over, becoming profoundly and overwhelming not in charge. A mother-to-be once said that she felt as if she had been invaded by a foreign yet quite intimate being. At first she felt almost resentful that she seemed to have so little say in what was happening.

But finally she realized that surrender was her only route. Although she was the host for this new life, she knew that she hadn’t created it. She couldn’t will it to be a boy or girl. She couldn’t decide when it would cause her to have a craving. She couldn’t control her burgeoning body or morning sickness or hormonal rushes.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, December 16, 2012
A couple was having dinner in a New York City café one December evening. As they were eating, the woman noticed that the little girl at the next table with her mom and grandparents kept turning in her chair to look at her husband – a big man with a full white beard. It dawned on her that the little girl might think her husband was Santa Claus. She whispered her suspicion to her husband.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, December 9, 2012
The little boy is scheduled for surgery the following morning. He is understandably scared. Late the night before the procedure, a nurse comes in to check on him. He is awake. Seeing the tears in his eyes, she sits on the corner of his bed and lets him talk about his fears. She explains not only what will happen but why. She answers his questions with honesty and assurance. After a while, the little boy understands. He is still anxious, but the road is now a little smoother. . .
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, December 2, 2012
Signs: Your son or daughter’s mood has changed. Your usually happy child is quiet, sullen, impatient, angry. Typical teenager angst – or is something deeper, more dangerous going on.

Signs: At your annual check-up, the doctor sits you down. She’s concerned about the numbers from your blood work. She doesn’t mince her words: You’re over forty; you can’t eat like a teenager anymore.

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