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Paul Moore: A birthday prayer party at grotto delivers the ‘best present ever’

The "rainbow connection" seen at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Germantown Hills. (Provided photo/Julie Vonachen)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore Donna Vonachen Abdnour was born into Heaven on Oct. 25, 2021. Just a little more than two weeks previous, friends and family celebrated her final birthday on this side of Paradise. There were no streamers, ribbons, cake or ice cream — but those in attendance will never […]

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Paul Moore: The value of a single Mass, and the importance of a smile

The statue of Our Lady of the Smile at the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse in Darien is a replica of the statue with the healing smile that Thérèse had a vision of on Pentecost Sunday, 1883. (Provided photo/Paul Moore)

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore My wife and I attended the monthly first Friday Mass at Snyder Village Retirement Community in Metamora on Oct. 1, the feast day of St. Thérèse, who promised to spend her Heaven letting fall a shower of roses. The Mass celebrant was Father Vien Van Do of […]

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Paul Moore: ‘I’d like to share my story with you . . . it has a good ending’

In My Father’s House / Paul Moore She had prayed for the right way to approach people entering the Planned Parenthood clinic. She’d tried, “Can I share some resources with you?” However, she discovered that people entering or leaving abortion clinics weren’t too interested in receiving “resources.” Instead, trial, error and prayer taught her to […]

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Lindsey Weishar: ‘Thou mayest,’ and the necessity of tending to our wounds

"Cruella embraces an identity that denies the goodness within her and damages her relationships with others," writes Lindsey Weishar of the subject of the movie "Cruella," portrayed here by Emma Stone. (CNS photo/Laurie Sparham, Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar A facet of the 21st century I appreciate is film and literature’s interest in the boundary between good and evil. Though the culture also has huge blind spots when it comes to identifying good and evil, it does well in troubling the idea that a person is either […]

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Lindsey Weishar: Lessons in hospitality, vulnerability, from life in a monastery

The Little Sisters of the Lamb monastery in Kansas City, Kansas.

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar For the past month, I’ve been living in a monastery. A rapid-fire move back to Kansas City left me temporarily in need of a place to stay, as I sought out an apartment. The monastery belongs to a French-based religious community — The Little Brothers and Sisters […]

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Paul Moore: ‘Set it and forget it’ is not a good idea for faith between sacraments

Ron Popeil with the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie.

“In My Father’s House” / By Paul Thomas Moore Gadget inventor and pitchman extraordinaire Ron Popeil passed away on July 28. He was 86. Not to make light of any soul’s passing, but many of Mr. Popeil’s creations have already been laid to rest in attics and yard sales from here to kingdom come. The […]

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